12 | Grey Pride: A manifesto
• In 2012-13, patients spent
833,000 days longer in hospital
than necessary because of
delayed transfers of care.
• In 50 health authorities - half
of all those in England - 10%
or more of all medical beds
in hospitals were reportedly
occupied by people well
enough to be discharged.
• 4,190 people were reportedly
stuck in hospital in November
2013 despite being well
enough to leave.
• 50% of medics/members
surveyed by doctors.net.uk
in January 2014 said delayed
transfers were worse now than
a year ago.
• 56% of GPs rated their
relationship with social care
poor or very poor.
• 57% of older people living
in care homes do not have
access to all the NHS services
that they may require.
Priority: The dysfunctional relationship
Short-term thinking exacerbates the
dysfunctional relationship between
health, housing and care.
Falls are the leading cause of ambulance
call-outs to the homes of people over 65:
around one in three people over 65 and one
in two over 80 fall each year. Yet simple and
cheap housing adaptations which reduce
falls are increasingly hard to access.
Retirement housing with onsite support
can also reduce the NHS bill yet planning
obstacles are preventing such developments
being built. The Communities and
Local Government Select Committee
recommended in 2009 that the Government
establish "a more coherent strategy for
the provision and funding of housing and
support services for older people, making
clear the role of sheltered housing" We're still
If an older person is hospitalised, money is
wasted keeping them there unnecessarily.
Millions are wasted due to "bed-blocking",
where older people remain in hospital
despite being sufficiently well to return home.
Every additional day increases dependency
yet the phrase "bed blocking" suggests a
lack of recognition that it is a problem for the
older person - not just those waiting to take
their place or those managing the beds.
NHS England reported that in 2012/13,
patients spent a total of 833,000 days
longer in hospital than necessary because
of delayed transfers. Age UK indicates it is
In June 2014 they reported older people
were remaining in hospital for up to 30 days
longer than necessary, despite being healthy