Friday, 21 July 2017

Nursing shortages fuelling delayed discharge from hospital

Nursing shortages fuelling delayed discharge from hospital Falling number of district and other community nurses as big a factor as social care blockages, analysis finds

There is no doubt that delays in arranging follow-on social care are causing more older people to be stranded in hospital. But a new analysis of the problem says shortage of district nurses is at least as big a factor.

The number of district nurses in the UK has plummeted by 44% since 2010 when counted as full-time jobs, according to the analysis of NHS data by consultancy Christie & Co (pdf). Continue reading... The Guardian

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