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Carewatch responds to increasing incidents of bed blocking in the NHS

By March 24, 2017 No Comments

David Lyon, Chief Executive for Carewatch Care Services, comments: “Many concerns were raised at the time of the spending review over the ability of councils to reconcile quality with cuts, and local authorities are having to make some tough decisions on where the cuts to their services should be made. The impact of this could have serious consequences for not only Britain’s ageing population but our already overburdened NHS, as short term solutions which lead to ‘bed blocking’ are given precedent.

05 January

David Lyon, Chief Executive for Carewatch Care Services, comments: “Many concerns were raised at the time of the spending review over the ability of councils to reconcile quality with cuts, and local authorities are having to make some tough decisions on where the cuts to their services should be made. The impact of this could have serious consequences for not only Britain’s ageing population but our already overburdened NHS, as short term solutions which lead to ‘bed blocking’ are given precedent.

“Collectively, health and social care can offer a winning model for keeping people at home. It is essential that we lessen our reliance on our over-burdened hospitals and focus on ensuring that where possible the individual can be cared for and supported at home. The independent sector also has a vital role to play as a valuable resource in helping people leave hospital as quickly as possible and, if appropriate, avoid admission altogether. Not only does it make sound financial sense to keep a person from being admitted to hospital, but on a personal level it is in the best interests of both the individual and their family to help them in an environment they are used to, where they can be comfortable and independent for as long as possible.”