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Delays in discharge affect 3500 elderly patients a day

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 25 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:702
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Every day up to 3500 elderly people remain in hospital despite being fit to leave, because arrangements for their ongoing care have not been finalised, say MPs.

    A report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee says that although many delays last just a few days, a third of patients wait more than a month before they can leave hospital. The delays in discharge cost the NHS around £170m ($277m; €245m), or 1.7 million beds, a year.

    The report recognises that the Department of Health and …

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