Oxfordshire bed-blocking statistics ‘worst’ in England

BBC News 28th May 2013 reports:

“Oxfordshire was the worst place in England for bed-blocking last month, according to figures from the Department of Health. A snapshot of delayed transfers from hospitals to community care workers showed that 163 patients were stuck on wards after they were fit to leave. Patients spent 5,609 unnecessary days in hospital in the county in September. A senior GP looking at the problem said it was a struggle to recruit care workers…”

Freddie Whitaker in the Oxford Mail on 2nd April 2013 reports: New system aims to tackle bed-blocking

“HOSPITAL patients needing further care will be sent home to wait for social services assessments rather than going to care homes.

The new system, called “discharge to assess” is aimed at helping to ease the so-called “bed- blocking” crisis after it was revealed Oxford University Hospital’s Trust missed 10 out of the past 11 monthly targets for reducing the number of delayed transfers of care.

At the moment some patients who are clinically well enough to be discharged are kept in hospital beds while social care arrangements are put in place. This may mean a wait for a place in a nursing home or alterations to their existing accommodation.”…

When we consider the demographics of old age around the country, is it appropriate to try to keep the GDP health spend stable.

Would it be fair for elderly people to pay an age related health care tax supplement?



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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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