Soundings Soundings

No more bed blocking

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7331.247a (Published 26 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:247
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

    Here in the Greater Auchendreich Health Board area—where recent reorganisation has brought together primary care and acute services, along with strong and welcome board-level input from our colleagues in the world of social work—bed-blocking is no more.

    Instead it is called delayed discharge, but despite the welcome advance in nomenclature the statistics remain depressingly familiar. Already cynics are muttering that our latest reorganisation can do little to address one of the central issues faced …

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