Bed blocking in Cornwall increases by 69% as new scheme fails
By Miles Davis
BBC News Online
7 January 2016
From the section Cornwall
Iona Hevican had an operation cancelled at the last minute because of bed shortages
A scheme that aimed to see hospital bed blocking fall by a quarter actually saw numbers shoot up by 69% in a year.
Health organisations in Cornwall shared resources in the hope of tackling the problem but instead were hit by the big increase.
A health campaigner said the new initiative – launched under the government’s Better Care Fund – could turn out to be “useless”.
Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow apologised to patients affected.
Bed blocking is a shortage of hospital beds caused by patients who are ready to be discharged to …read more
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