Mark Conrad 21 April 2017

Councils could face fresh wave of bed-blocking fines

Councils could face fresh wave of bed-blocking fines

Councils are facing a fresh risk of NHS fines for ‘bed-blocking’ as health bodies struggle to hit new Treasury targets to reduce deficits.

The Local Government Association (LGA) is seeking reassurances that councils will not fall victim to ‘completely counter-productive’ fines imposed by acute hospitals in cases where delayed transfers of care (DTC) are deemed to be the fault of councils.

Regulations introduced under the Care Act 2014 have meant that in many cases councils and NHS bodies work jointly to resolve the bottlenecks causing bed-blocking, but acute hospitals have retained the ability to fine local authorities.

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