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NHS leaders pledge to cut delayed discharges by 25%

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 13 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2610
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

NHS leaders have set the service an ambitious target to reduce long hospital stays by 25% as they strive to avoid a repeat of the “perfect storm” that gripped the NHS last winter.

The joint announcement by NHS England and NHS Improvement was made at the NHS Confederation conference in Manchester on 13 June.

Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive, said that hospitals and local councils had made progress in tackling delays in patients being discharged over the past year, but he warned that more action was needed.

“We’ve still got real problems with the way …

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