Increased long-term placements are the “unintended consequence” of faster discharge

28 November 2019 – CHM Online

A survey published by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services reveals that 85.5% of directors felt that an increase in the number of short-term bed placements becoming long-term was an unintentional consequence of NHS policy to speed up discharges from hospitals.

The survey also found considerably more unease among directors about emergency readmission(s) to hospital, and only marginally less unease about the number of avoidable admissions to hospital due to insufficient social, primary, and community services.

Almost all directors (90%) surveyed said they had concerns about insufficient capacity in the system to deal with winter. More respondents (94%) said they have little or no confidence that they will be able to deliver their statutory responsibilities for care market sustainability by the end of 2020/21.

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