Delays in discharge affect 3500 elderly patients a dayBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7417.702-d (Published 25 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:702
- Zosia Kmietowicz
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 …