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People In York Being Left In Hospital Beds As No Care Nearer Home.

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3:22pm 9th December 2013

People in York are being left in hospital beds as they can't get care nearer home. New figures from NHS England says York is one of the worst areas of the country for the problem.

NHS England have today shared data with City of York Council  showing that in October 2013, the city was one of the worst communities in England for delayed transfer of care. This means that people who were ready to leave hospital could not be discharged on time due to a lack of community care facilities.

This is a shared problem for those providing health and social care services in the city and responsibility lies with a number of organisations including the NHS and the council.

Figures provided to NHS England by York Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust and the Leeds and York Mental Health Foundation Trust show 461.6 days was the average rate of delayed transfers of care for every 100,000 of the population aged 18+.

Recently published Audit Commission figures are at odds with those shared by NHS England and the council is seeking clarification. However it is clear there is a long running systemic problem.

Councillor James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council said:

“I want to thank NHS England for sharing this data with us today along with figures for other Labour and Conservative authorities who have similar delays in their communities”.

“Demand for social care is increasing and this is why, despite significant reductions in Government funding, that the council committed resources to help meet the increase and the growing complexity of care needs. However we have had a Primary Care Trust in disarray. It is clear there has been a long running systemic problem, going back ten years. One consequence of this was that £1 million of Reablement funding has not reached the council from the Primary Care Trust.

“Furthermore, the problem has not been helped by the reorganisation of the NHS. Both of York’s MPs have repeatedly raised funding issues with Ministers just as the Council has.

“Already we have begun to address these issues through a radical redesign and integration of services led by a new Director of Health and Wellbeing. The council will be urgently contacting the Secretary of State for Health, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP to request a meeting with him and both of York’s MPs to identify what support the Minister can give. As our Clinical Commissioning Group is one of only three in the country taking on Primary Care Trust legacy debt, he will realise that this has slowed progress in tackling this issue.

“I have asked for an urgent review and I am expecting improvements within six months.”

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said:

"Clearly we would like to see fewer patients delayed in hospital beds, whatever the reason, and we are working hard with our commissioners, local authorities and other providers to improve the way all parts of the system operate and to work towards ensuring that only those patients who need acute care are in hospital.

“We need to make sure that patients who are fit to leave hospital are discharged safely and are able to recover in the right place with the right support. However no patient should experience unnecessary delays and we are working closely with partner agencies to tackle this problem.”


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