Hospital ‘bed blocking’ numbers hit highest level since 2017

23 February 2020 – Guardian

The number of patients stuck due to “bed blocking” is at its highest level since 2017.

The number of “delayed days” in the NHS increased from an average of 114,000 a month in 2012 to over 200,000 in October 2016, before extra funding and higher council taxes brought the numbers back down.

However, the latest NHS figures reveal that the problem is coming back. December 2019 saw 148,000 delayed days across England, 15% higher than the same month a year earlier. The combined figures for the last quarter of 2019 were the highest in two years.

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