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Hospitals send patients home without confirming home situation is adequate, report says

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3974 (Published 21 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3974
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Vulnerable patients are being discharged from hospital unsafely and sent home to situations where they have inadequate support because of lack of coordination between health, social care, and community services, an investigation by the healthcare consumer organisation Healthwatch England has found.

The investigation was based on the experiences of discharge of 3230 people considered as vulnerable (elderly people, homeless people, and people with mental health conditions) and on information gathered from trusts through freedom of information legislation and from surveys of patients. It showed that although patients …

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