The number of delayed discharges from hospital is increasing as the York Council struggles to provide care in the community places.
The delays mean that the Council has to pay substantial “fines” and in turn the “blockage” can prevent new patients being admitted to NHS beds.
The delays have reached record levels as the weekly average figures (for patients awaiting discharge to community placements) for the last few years reveal.
- 2009/10 – 7.98
- 2010/11 – 10.13
- 2011/12 – 8.69
- 2012/13 – 10.67
- 2013/14 – 11.00 (to September)
Neither minuted any action which they planned take to address the growing crisis.
Some of the delays are being put down to inadequate capacity in the “reablement” unit. This team seeks to train former patients to be more self-reliant.
It is the winter period when demand for NHS beds is at its highest.
The last thing that the City needs is for those that are available to be blocked by people who could, with support, be accommodated in their own homes.