Longer hospital stays expose "crisis in care" in Bradford

Longer hospital stays expose "crisis in care" in Bradford

HIKE: More patients are spending longer in hospitals such as BRI because they cannot go home due to care issues

HIKE: More patients are spending longer in hospitals such as BRI because they cannot go home due to care issues

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A HUGE increase in Bradford patients stuck in hospital after they are ready to go home exposes a “crisis in care”, it is claimed today.

The number of “delayed days” – spent in hospital beds, because patients cannot be discharged – has soared by almost 77 per cent in just 12 months, new figures show.

Among Bradford residents, the number of days beds were blocked unnecessarily jumped from 137 in June last year to 242 last month.

Across England, there were 80,012 acute delayed days in June, up from 69,457 a year earlier – a rise of 15.2 per cent. There were 907,000 in the 12 month period.

Liz Kendall, Labour’s care spokeswoman, said many delayed discharges were caused by a “lack of NHS services in the community”, blaming cuts to district nurses and community matrons.

But she also pointed to the “record levels” of patients stuck on hospital wards because there was no social care available for them in their own homes.

Miss Kendall said: “These figures are a stark illustration of the pressure that hospitals are under and the crisis in care that has developed under David Cameron.

“Fewer elderly people are now receiving the vital services that help them get up, washed, dressed and fed so they can stay living independently at home.

“This isn’t good for them and it’s a false economy too, as increasing numbers of frail elderly people are ending up trapped in more expensive hospital beds when they don’t need to be.”

The figures cover delays after acute care only, involving surgery after severe injuries or illnesses, or to treat urgent medical conditions.

The T&A asked Bradford Council to respond to the statistics, but no-one was available.

Helen Barker, chief operating officer at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We always aim to ensure that patients who are fit to leave hospital can recover in the most appropriate place.

“In June, we saw a slight increase in patients choosing to remain in hospital while waiting for their chosen place of discharge to become vacant.”

Leeds also saw a big increase of 111.6 per cent - but both Calderdale and Kirklees bucked the trend by being down 37.8 per cent and 22.1 per cent respectively.

According to the department of health, each excess bed day costs £273, Labour said – compared with the £13.37 average cost of an hour of home care.

Local councils have warned they will be unable to meet the social care costs of an ageing population in the years to come, with savage grant cuts set to continue.

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9:00am Wed 30 Jul 14

mr.bradford says...

I had 2 op's recently at the BRI.. on the first one i stayed overnight and the doc came at 9.30 am checked me over and gave me the all clear to go home, just as soon as they had my prescription made up.. how long for that do you think? 10 mins? half hour max? no. 4 o'clock in the afternoon. I won't bother you with their lame excuses..

It's not just about finding aftercare issues that these delays are happening. Poor communication between staff and how the hospital is run in general as well as other factors play a part too.
I had 2 op's recently at the BRI.. on the first one i stayed overnight and the doc came at 9.30 am checked me over and gave me the all clear to go home, just as soon as they had my prescription made up.. how long for that do you think? 10 mins? half hour max? no. 4 o'clock in the afternoon. I won't bother you with their lame excuses.. It's not just about finding aftercare issues that these delays are happening. Poor communication between staff and how the hospital is run in general as well as other factors play a part too. mr.bradford
  • Score: 22

9:06am Wed 30 Jul 14

MontyLeMar says...

"Leeds also saw a big increase of 111.6 per cent - but both Calderdale and Kirklees bucked the trend by being down 37.8 per cent and 22.1 per cent respectively."

Maybe an explanation of this statement could help find a solution? Have Kirklees and Calderdale got better social care services or what? It shows the apocalyptic headlines do not have to be true everywhere. But as a natural pessimist it is obvious that this trend to longer lives is going to have a cost somewhere down the line and with a cuts-crazy government like we have at the moment pressure can only grow. The government needs to wake up to the fact that helping people live longer means social care costs will rise and that cutting local government spending by hundreds of millions without protecting social care is a recipe for disaster with lots of scandals to come.
"Leeds also saw a big increase of 111.6 per cent - but both Calderdale and Kirklees bucked the trend by being down 37.8 per cent and 22.1 per cent respectively." Maybe an explanation of this statement could help find a solution? Have Kirklees and Calderdale got better social care services or what? It shows the apocalyptic headlines do not have to be true everywhere. But as a natural pessimist it is obvious that this trend to longer lives is going to have a cost somewhere down the line and with a cuts-crazy government like we have at the moment pressure can only grow. The government needs to wake up to the fact that helping people live longer means social care costs will rise and that cutting local government spending by hundreds of millions without protecting social care is a recipe for disaster with lots of scandals to come. MontyLeMar
  • Score: 10

9:42am Wed 30 Jul 14

pcmanners says...

Another failure in state run health care. The NHS will soon be completely privatised and people will be able to pay for the care they deserve.
Another failure in state run health care. The NHS will soon be completely privatised and people will be able to pay for the care they deserve. pcmanners
  • Score: -21

9:55am Wed 30 Jul 14

Bikerbeardy says...

drastic cost cutting by councils, the reduction in adult services care budget is reduced every year, pct's reduce budgets so less community health care is available, the council cut budgets to the cost of home care, on and on and on !!!, so eventually the number of beds blocked rise, once again the elderly suffer, disgracefull
drastic cost cutting by councils, the reduction in adult services care budget is reduced every year, pct's reduce budgets so less community health care is available, the council cut budgets to the cost of home care, on and on and on !!!, so eventually the number of beds blocked rise, once again the elderly suffer, disgracefull Bikerbeardy
  • Score: 11

10:40am Wed 30 Jul 14

JAtkinson says...

I hope the next election will be fought on the NHS, rather than the backdoor, un-mandated privatisation we're suffering under the Tories (and, to a lesser extent, as happened under the last Labour government).

Since coming into office, the Tories have ensured that NHS satisfaction has gone from a record high to crisis levels, and their aim seems clear: create a problem, make it worse then say the only solution (to the problem they've created) is privatisation.
I hope the next election will be fought on the NHS, rather than the backdoor, un-mandated privatisation we're suffering under the Tories (and, to a lesser extent, as happened under the last Labour government). Since coming into office, the Tories have ensured that NHS satisfaction has gone from a record high to crisis levels, and their aim seems clear: create a problem, make it worse then say the only solution (to the problem they've created) is privatisation. JAtkinson
  • Score: 11

11:25am Wed 30 Jul 14

BCFC1911 says...

JAtkinson wrote:
I hope the next election will be fought on the NHS, rather than the backdoor, un-mandated privatisation we're suffering under the Tories (and, to a lesser extent, as happened under the last Labour government).

Since coming into office, the Tories have ensured that NHS satisfaction has gone from a record high to crisis levels, and their aim seems clear: create a problem, make it worse then say the only solution (to the problem they've created) is privatisation.
What a load of complete and utter tosh

If anything the NHS was ruined by the last Labour Government with their recruitment policies and target driven culture. This has actually been reduced under this Government but these changes dont take place overnight.
[quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: I hope the next election will be fought on the NHS, rather than the backdoor, un-mandated privatisation we're suffering under the Tories (and, to a lesser extent, as happened under the last Labour government). Since coming into office, the Tories have ensured that NHS satisfaction has gone from a record high to crisis levels, and their aim seems clear: create a problem, make it worse then say the only solution (to the problem they've created) is privatisation.[/p][/quote]What a load of complete and utter tosh If anything the NHS was ruined by the last Labour Government with their recruitment policies and target driven culture. This has actually been reduced under this Government but these changes dont take place overnight. BCFC1911
  • Score: -13

11:26am Wed 30 Jul 14

basil fawlty says...

JAtkinson wrote:
I hope the next election will be fought on the NHS, rather than the backdoor, un-mandated privatisation we're suffering under the Tories (and, to a lesser extent, as happened under the last Labour government).

Since coming into office, the Tories have ensured that NHS satisfaction has gone from a record high to crisis levels, and their aim seems clear: create a problem, make it worse then say the only solution (to the problem they've created) is privatisation.
Very true. I fail to understand the Tory obsession to privatise the NHS. The people who work in the NHS have a great incentive to work hard and improve efficiency without the the privatisation stick - the patients who they care for.
[quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: I hope the next election will be fought on the NHS, rather than the backdoor, un-mandated privatisation we're suffering under the Tories (and, to a lesser extent, as happened under the last Labour government). Since coming into office, the Tories have ensured that NHS satisfaction has gone from a record high to crisis levels, and their aim seems clear: create a problem, make it worse then say the only solution (to the problem they've created) is privatisation.[/p][/quote]Very true. I fail to understand the Tory obsession to privatise the NHS. The people who work in the NHS have a great incentive to work hard and improve efficiency without the the privatisation stick - the patients who they care for. basil fawlty
  • Score: 7

12:13pm Wed 30 Jul 14

JAtkinson says...

BCFC1911 wrote:
JAtkinson wrote:
I hope the next election will be fought on the NHS, rather than the backdoor, un-mandated privatisation we're suffering under the Tories (and, to a lesser extent, as happened under the last Labour government).

Since coming into office, the Tories have ensured that NHS satisfaction has gone from a record high to crisis levels, and their aim seems clear: create a problem, make it worse then say the only solution (to the problem they've created) is privatisation.
What a load of complete and utter tosh

If anything the NHS was ruined by the last Labour Government with their recruitment policies and target driven culture. This has actually been reduced under this Government but these changes dont take place overnight.
Doesn't look much simpler to me. The picture shows the result of Tories' major top-down restructuring which came after Cameron promised on several occasions that there would be no more top-down restructuring.

http://blogs.ft.com/
westminster/files/20
11/08/nhs_newbureauc
racy.jpg
[quote][p][bold]BCFC1911[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JAtkinson[/bold] wrote: I hope the next election will be fought on the NHS, rather than the backdoor, un-mandated privatisation we're suffering under the Tories (and, to a lesser extent, as happened under the last Labour government). Since coming into office, the Tories have ensured that NHS satisfaction has gone from a record high to crisis levels, and their aim seems clear: create a problem, make it worse then say the only solution (to the problem they've created) is privatisation.[/p][/quote]What a load of complete and utter tosh If anything the NHS was ruined by the last Labour Government with their recruitment policies and target driven culture. This has actually been reduced under this Government but these changes dont take place overnight.[/p][/quote]Doesn't look much simpler to me. The picture shows the result of Tories' major top-down restructuring which came after Cameron promised on several occasions that there would be no more top-down restructuring. http://blogs.ft.com/ westminster/files/20 11/08/nhs_newbureauc racy.jpg JAtkinson
  • Score: 2

12:50pm Wed 30 Jul 14

BILLTILL says...

Well I wish they had looked after my father and kept him in instead of sending him home in a taxi in a real state .He had to be taken back into hospital thankfully we refused to have him taken back to BRI .
He never returned home and died ,BRI said he was fine when they discharged him ,if you value your or your family members lives avoid this place at all costs !!!
Well I wish they had looked after my father and kept him in instead of sending him home in a taxi in a real state .He had to be taken back into hospital thankfully we refused to have him taken back to BRI . He never returned home and died ,BRI said he was fine when they discharged him ,if you value your or your family members lives avoid this place at all costs !!! BILLTILL
  • Score: 13

1:39pm Wed 30 Jul 14

MontyLeMar says...

BILLTILL wrote:
Well I wish they had looked after my father and kept him in instead of sending him home in a taxi in a real state .He had to be taken back into hospital thankfully we refused to have him taken back to BRI .
He never returned home and died ,BRI said he was fine when they discharged him ,if you value your or your family members lives avoid this place at all costs !!!
A sad tale. Unfortunately it seems hospitals these days seem incapable of giving anything but the most basic care especially at weekends. Whatever you do, do not get Ill at weekends, everyone!
[quote][p][bold]BILLTILL[/bold] wrote: Well I wish they had looked after my father and kept him in instead of sending him home in a taxi in a real state .He had to be taken back into hospital thankfully we refused to have him taken back to BRI . He never returned home and died ,BRI said he was fine when they discharged him ,if you value your or your family members lives avoid this place at all costs !!![/p][/quote]A sad tale. Unfortunately it seems hospitals these days seem incapable of giving anything but the most basic care especially at weekends. Whatever you do, do not get Ill at weekends, everyone! MontyLeMar
  • Score: 11

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