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Elderly patients to receive cash to speed up hospital discharge

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7357.179/a (Published 27 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:179
  1. Alex Vass
  1. BMJ

    Elderly people in the United Kingdom are to receive direct cash payments to fund their own home care in an attempt to reduce delayed discharges or “bed blocking.”

    The announcement by the health secretary, Alan Milburn, came after the publication of a report by the House of Commons Health Select Committee that questioned the reliability of Department of Health data showing declining rates of delayed discharges of patients aged over 75—from 15.7% of discharges in September 1997 to 12.0% in September 2001. …

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