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Bed blocking in North West up 66% since 2011/2012

[T]he severe cuts in local authorities’ social services provision is the major contributory factor for bed-blocking getting worse says GMB

GMB Congress in Bournemouth was told today that the number of days lost to bed blocking has increased by 66% in North West hospitals between 2011/12 and 2015/16.

In 2015/16 North West NHS patients who were ready to be discharged but were kept in hospital due to delays in providing alternative care were delayed by 229,757 days. This was an increase of 91,234 days compared with 138,523 days in 2011/12.

In England there was a 32% increase in bed blocking for the year 2015/16 compared with the figures for 2011/12. In 2015/16 NHS patients in England who were ready to be discharged but were kept in hospital due to delays in providing alternative care were delayed by 1,809,883 days. This was an increase of 436,491 days compared with 1,373,392 days in 2011/12.

The areas in the North West showing the highest increase in bed blocking between 2011/12 and 2015/16 are as follows:

For Lancashire there was an increase of 17,317 days from 26,756 in 2011/12 to 44,073 in 2015/16.

For Cumbria there was an increase of 14,617 days from 16,962 in 2011/12 to 31,579 in 2015/16.

See the table below for the full details for the 23 areas in the region.

There are no figures available for the total number of patients delayed. On one day at the end of each month the NHS counts the number of patients in hospital whose discharge is delayed. For the year 2015/16 for those 12 days the total was 63,167 patients, an increase of 14,466, 30%, since 2011/12.

The data, published by NHS England was analysed and ranked by GMB.

Number of Delayed Days

2011/12

2015/16

change

England

1,373,392

1,809,883

436,491

North West

138,523

229,757

91,234

rank

1

Lancashire

26,756

44,073

17,317

2

Cumbria

16,962

31,579

14,617

3

Tameside

512

13,097

12,585

4

Trafford

6,002

15,638

9,636

5

Manchester

10,065

18,036

7,971

6

Cheshire East

8,661

15,755

7,094

7

Liverpool

10,423

14,995

4,572

8

Cheshire West And Chester

4,925

8,823

3,898

9

Sefton

3,480

6,790

3,310

10

Bury

2,429

5,680

3,251

11

Blackburn With Darwen UA

2,704

4,440

1,736

12

Blackpool UA

2,736

4,409

1,673

13

Bolton

6,704

8,125

1,421

14

Rochdale

2,790

4,169

1,379

15

Warrington UA

4,081

5,294

1,213

16

Wirral

1,753

2,849

1,096

17

Stockport

7,453

8,481

1,028

18

Halton UA

2,281

2,726

445

19

Knowsley

2,314

2,516

202

20

St Helens

2,929

2,281

-648

21

Oldham

2,477

1,787

-690

22

Salford

4,512

3,729

-783

23

Wigan

5,574

4,485

-1,089

Paul McCarthy, GMB Regional Secretary said “Bed-blocking, which is a millstone around the neck of the NHS, has got considerably worse since the Tories took control of the nation’s finances.

Bed-blocking is now a problem made in Downing Street and the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer are wholly responsible for it.

The severe cuts in local authorities’ social services provision is the major contributory factor for bed-blocking getting worse.

For England as a whole bed-blocking has increased from 1.4 million days in 2011/12 to over 1.8 million days last year.

Councils have had to shunt the problem to the NHS. Councils have not been able to accept the patients from the NHS because they have been starved of funds.

The government has refused to fund the NHS fairly and in recent years, health spending has fallen well short of GDP.  As the fifth richest country, it’s dire how our old and vulnerable are being treated.”

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