A report by the National Audit Office on discharging patients has today been welcomed by independant social care providers.
The report, which follows the Discharging Older People from Acute Hospitals inquiry, revealed that 85% of patients subjected to delayed discharges are aged 65 and over.
Care England, representative for independent social care providers, has called on the government to join up health and social care, by using and building capacity in care homes.
“The National Audit Office’s report highlights, yet again, the blockages in the system,” said Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England. ”As we have always maintained, shaving money off social care is false economy for the NHS. Older people are getting a raw deal owing to short-termism, and a lack of understanding of the costs of care and the route to timely discharge. This is depriving older people of their health, independence and dignity.”
Care England has also called for better planning in the discharge process including the option of step-down and intermediary care offered by car homes where appropriate.