Is it acceptable to refer to patients as bed blockers? What do you think?
No, we shouldn’t because it stigmatises the older person.
It sends the message that the older person has no right to remain in their bed and that the individual is at fault.
Often the reason a person remains in a hospital bed when ‘medically fit’ is because of deficiencies in discharge planning or in care services.
It seems unjust that these deficiencies can affect perceptions of an older person’s value and entitlement to NHS services.
Linda is Consultant nurse, Ealing Hospital Trust.