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NHS and local government try to stop introduction of “bed blocking” fines

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 25 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:184
  1. Wendy Moore
  1. London

    Local government and health service leaders are gearing up for a last battle in their efforts to stop the government introducing fines for social service departments that fail to make suitable discharge arrangements for patients who are deemed to be blocking hospital beds. The plans are due to come into force in England and Wales from April.

    The Community Care (Delayed Discharges) Bill passed its third reading in the House of Commons last week and now heads for the House of Lords, despite united opposition from the NHS Confederation, the Local Government Association, and the Association …

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