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The big question: is night discharge really a big problem?


The topical issue of the moment: is night discharge really a big problem or are the statistics sensationally skewed? Add your comments and they could be published in the magazine

Late last week the medical director of the NHS promised action after it was reported that ‘hundreds of thousands of patients’ are being sent home from hospital in the middle of the night to relieve pressure on beds.

Some 3.5% of all hospital discharges took place between 11pm and 6am, a rate that has held steady for the last five years, according to The Times.

Do you agree that night discharge is a big problem for nursing? Or is this sensationalism at work?


Readers' comments (2)

  • The big question: is night discharge really a big problem?

    It all depends on which orrifice the discharge is oozing from I suppose!

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  • even if is only one patient, who has been discharged at night against better judgement where there issues of safety or being unable to cope at home alone, or causes them any other serious problems and inconvenience, it is one too many.

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