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'Intolerable' bed-blocking crisis threatens NHS

Publié par Clifford Armion le 24/02/2011

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Stephen Adams

"The "chronic under-funding" of care homes, a growing shortage of places and a rapidly ageing population will mean that more vulnerable people have nowhere to go but hospital for the care they need.

"If current trends continue, almost 100,000 of 170,000 NHS beds will end up being filled by elderly people who are well enough to be in residential care.

"This will cost the health service millions of pounds and throw its day-to-day operations into chaos, says the report by Bupa, the health insurance and care provider. It blames the looming crisis on a "17-year legacy of under-funding in the care home sector".

"The next few years will see the problem getting progressively worse, the report's authors predict, despite a Coalition pledge that local authorities will have an extra £2 billion to spend on adult social care over the next four years."

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"'Intolerable' bed-blocking crisis threatens NHS", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), février 2011. Consulté le 20/04/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/intolerable-bed-blocking-crisis-threatens-nhs