Lack of Community Care Packages Delay Hospital Releases in Northern Ireland

Around 120 people are having to stay in hospital due to a lack of suitable care packages within the community. Recent figures released by the Health and Social Care (HSC) Board show that patients have to wait 48 hours or more to get home, with the average figure ranging from between 90 and 155 hours.

The Independent Health and Care Providers claimed that the health service is losing at least £1.5m a month due to bed blocking. The group warns that HSC reforms are needed in order to tackle these problems.

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Published 29. March 2017 in News UK