Discharge delays reach eight year high as social care budgets are squeezed

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 22 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5613
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Cuts to social care budgets are adversely affecting health services, and delays in discharge from hospital are at their highest since 2007, says a report from the health think tank the King’s Fund.

Nearly nine in 10 (88%) NHS trust finance directors and 80% of finance leads in clinical commissioning groups who responded to a survey from the King’s Fund thought that funding pressures on local authorities had negatively affected performance of health services in their area.

Altogether 90 trust finance directors (37% of those contacted) and 50 CCG finance leads (27%) responded to the survey, which was carried out …

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