Warning of NHS winter beds ‘struggle’
By Nick Triggle
10 December 2015
From the section Health
The NHS in England will struggle this winter without more beds in care homes and other community settings to ease hospital pressures, researchers say.
The Nuffield Trust said that last winter a small proportion of patients – just 3.6% – had taken up more than a third of hospital beds.
The research group said help targeted at this group – most of them frail and elderly – could have a big impact.
A spokesman for NHS England said moves were being made to improve the system.
The warning by the Nuffield Trust, which publishes research on health issues and its analysis of policy, comes as NHS England prepares to publish performance data for October.
The figures for September showed hospitals …read more
Source:: BBC UK