The Public Accounts Committee has now published its report on Delayed Discharges.
The Committee's report urges new measures to tackle discharge delays, which are bad for both patients' health and the financial sustainability of the NHS and local government.
The Committee finds there is a poor understanding of the scale of discharge problems, with official data substantially under-estimating the range of delays and the number of older patients affected.
There is unacceptable variation in local performance on discharging such patients, says the Committee, finding that while good discharge practice is well understood, "implementation is patchy across local areas".
It concludes poor sharing of patient information is a significant barrier to improving performance, while "the fragility of the adult social care provider market" exacerbates discharge difficulties.
Public Accounts Committee, 26th July 2016
Conferences of interest:
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