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Fewer people ‘stuck in hospital’ thanks to Welsh Government funding

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The number of people languishing in hospital when they are well enough to leave – delayed transfers of care – is falling thanks to the Welsh Government’s twin-track investment in health and social services, Deputy Minister for Health Vaughan Gething said today.
Wednesday 23 December 2015

The latest official statistics, which are published today, show the total number of people experiencing a delayed transfer of care in October was 468, a fall of 1.3% compared to the previous month. This is the second successive monthly fall.

Of these, 162 people were being cared for in an acute hospital bed and a further 220 were in a community or rehabilitation facility.

Delayed transfers of care refer to people in NHS hospitals who are ready to move to the next stage of their care but are delayed for one or more reasons.

The number of delayed transfers of care in Wales has been stable over the last four years, although the numbers do fluctuate from month to month, after falling from a high of 800 a month a decade ago.

The Welsh Government has adopted a twin-track approach towards investing in health and social care, which has helped to ensure people can leave hospital quickly when they are well enough. The latest figures published by the Treasury shows Wales spends £172 more per person on health and social care combined than in England.

The Intermediate Care Fund, which will next year be increased from £20m to £50m, has played a key role in supporting older and vulnerable people by helping them to maintain their independence in their own home, preventing hospital admissions and helping people leave hospital early.

Mr Gething said:

“These latest figures show another welcome reduction in the number of delayed transfers of care. This is the second month in a row where we have seen a fall, in contrast to the trend seen in other parts of the UK.

“Here in Wales we have taken a distinct approach of investing in both health and social care because many we know that people rely on both services for their care.

“This includes investing millions of pounds in the Intermediate Care Fund, which plays an important role in supporting older people in their own homes; preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and reducing delays in hospital discharges.

“I want to thank our health and social services staff for their continued hard work to make sure patients receive world-class healthcare and minimise delays to patient care. We will continue to work closely with health boards and local authorities to make sure people are able to leave hospital or go on to the next stage of their care as soon as they are medically fit to do so.”



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Health and social services 23 December 2015 Programme for Government - Healthcare Mid Wales North Wales South East Wales South West Wales

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