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1.7m Days Lost to Bed Blocking in 2015

Friday, February 12, 2016

The severe cuts in local authorities’ social services provision is the major contributory factor for bed-blocking getting worse says GMB

A new report from GMB, the union for staff in the health and care sector, shows that the number of days lost to bed blocking has increased by 26% in English hospitals between 2015 and 2011.

In 2015 NHS patients in England who were ready to be discharged but were kept in hospital due to delays in providing alternative care were delayed by 1,746,973 days. This was an increase of 364,921 days compared with 1,382,052 days in 2011.

There were a variety of reasons delaying the discharge of patients from hospitals in 2015. These include sorting out a place in a care home (27.7%), delays in arranging further NHS care (19.1%), sorting out care at a patient’s home (19.1%), interagency delays (17.4%), delays due to patient or family choice about future care (12.7%) and other reasons (4.1%). The figures shown are for England for the year 2015.

The changes in the nine regions of the England are as follows: For the South East there was an increase of 73,734 days to 334,959 in 2015. For the North West there was an increase of 68,697 days to 207,367. For the South West there has been an increase of 64,025 days to 245,925. For the East of England there has been an increase of 54,017 days to 186,122. For Yorkshire and the Humber there has been an increase of 35,835 days to 147,316. For London there has been an increase of 35,306 days to 167,725. For the East Midlands there has been an increase of 24,748 days to 164,044. For The West Midlands there has been an increase of 21,886 days to 243,834. The North East was the only region not to see an increase to the number of days lost to bed blocking, reporting a decrease of 16,628 to 42,983. The table below shows the full details for the nine regions in England.

Set out in notes to Editor are details for the twenty areas in England with the largest increase in days delayed leaving NHS hospitals between 2011 and 2015.

There are no figures available for the total number of patients delayed. On one day at the end of each month the NHS counts the number of patients in hospital whose discharge is delayed. For the year 2015 for those 12 days the total was 60,501 patients.

The data, published by NHS England was analysed and ranked by GMB. See notes to editors for sources and definitions. The table in Notes to Editors 2 sets out the official data for all 9 regions in the England. The raw data for 151 areas in England plus the other GMB press releases with regional data are set out as PDFs at the foot of the national release at GMB website http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/

 

Number of Delayed Days

 
 

2011

2015

change

England

1,382,052

1,746,973

364,921

South East

261,225

334,959

73,734

North West

138,670

207,367

68,697

South West

181,900

245,925

64,025

East of England

132,105

186,122

54,017

Yorkshire and The Humber

111,481

147,316

35,835

London

132,419

167,725

35,306

East Midlands

139,296

164,044

24,748

West Midlands

221,948

243,834

21,886

North East

59,611

42,983

-16,628

Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer, said "Bed-blocking, which is a millstone around the neck of the NHS, has got considerably worse since the Tories took control of the nation’s finances.

Bed-blocking is now a problem made in Downing Street and the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer are wholly responsible for it.

The severe cuts in local authorities’ social services provision is the major contributory factor for bed-blocking getting worse.

For England as a whole bed-blocking has increased from 1.4 million days in 2011 to over 1.7 million days last year. 

Councils have had to shunt the problem to the NHS. Councils have not been able to accept the patients from the NHS because they have been starved of funds.”

Ends

Contact: Justin Bowden on 07710 631351 or Rehana Azam 07841 181656 or Kamuljeet Jandu on 07956237178 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289880 or 07974 251823 or 07970863411

Notes to Editors

1 GMB contacted NHS England for an explanation of possible anomalies in the data regarding changes between 2011 and 2015. We were told that detailed analysis has not been carried out and that there were no resources available to investigate further.


2 Source: NHS England, Delayed Transfer of Care

  • Data is totalled monthly delayed transfers of care from January to December for 2015 and 2011 giving the total for each year.
  • The data is for the number of Patients with a Delayed Transfer of Care at midnight on the last Thursday of the reporting period in England and the number of Delayed Days during the reporting period in England. As the delayed number of patients is a *snapshot for each month it only includes patients delayed at that point in time and does not include any other patients that have been delayed in that month.
  • A delayed transfer can occur when a patient is medically fit for discharge from care and is still occupying a bed.
  • Data are for the Local Authorities with Adult Social Services Responsibilities that are responsible for each patient delayed covering NHS patients in English hospitals.
  • Delays include: Awaiting completion of assessment; awaiting public funding; awaiting further non-acute NHS care; awaiting nursing or residential home placement; awaiting care package in own home; awaiting community equipment and adaptions; patient or family choice; disputes.
  • The number of days when patients who were ready to be discharged, whose discharges were delayed due to delays in providing alternative care increased significantly from the 12 month period of January 2011-December 2011 to January 2015-December 2015 with England seeing an increase of over 345,500 days in the period.

3 Comparisons of the 20 areas in England with the largest increase in days delayed leaving NHS hospitals between 2011 and 2015.

rank

 

Number of Delayed Days

 

 

 

2011

2015

 

1

Northamptonshire

19,331

51,262

31,931

2

Hampshire

29,188

59,888

30,700

3

Sheffield

7,043

23,831

16,788

4

Bristol UA

11,138

27,189

16,051

5

Lancashire

26,774

42,543

15,769

6

Essex

23,439

38,416

14,977

7

Kent

31,693

45,845

14,152

8

Staffordshire

20,334

33,326

12,992

9

Leeds

23,461

36,213

12,752

10

Cornwall

22,987

35,322

12,335

11

Tameside

646

12,764

12,118

12

Somerset

13,120

24,572

11,452

13

Suffolk

14,047

25,263

11,216

14

Hertfordshire

34,544

45,311

10,767

15

Lincolnshire

20,889

31,240

10,351

16

Devon

32,723

42,960

10,237

17

Cumbria

14,145

23,870

9,725

18

Norfolk

16,724

26,078

9,354

19

Worcestershire

20,811

29,636

8,825

20

Milton Keynes UA

3,888

12,356

8,468

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Additional Resources

Transfer of Care 2015

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Transfer of Care 2015 Resource

Bed Blocking East Midlands

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Bed Blocking East Midlands Press Release

Bed Blocking Eastern Region

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Bed Blocking Eastern Region Press Release

Bed Blocking London Region

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Bed Blocking North East Region

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Bed Blocking North East Region Press Release

Bed Blocking North West Region

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Bed BLocking South East Region

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Bed BLocking South East Region Press Release

Bed Blocking South West Region

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Bed Blocking South West Region Press Release

Bed Blocking West Midlands Region

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Bed Blocking West Midlands Region Press Release

Bed Blocking Yorkshire & Humber Region

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Bed Blocking Yorkshire & Humber Region Press Release