Mark Whitehead 11 August 2017

Delayed transfers of care figures highlight funding pressures say directors

Social services directors have renewed calls for a 'long term sustainable solution' to providing care for adults after the latest record figures on delayed hospital discharges.

Margaret Willcox, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said an extra £1bn of funding announced by the government earlier this year was welcome but more people needed support and costs were rising.

NHS England figures for delayed transfers caused by a lack of available care in June totalled 67,853 days, 2.5% up on the previous month.

They represented 38% of delays resulting from all factors, an increase from 33.1% in June.

Ms Willcox said: 'The fact that the proportion of delayed discharges attributable to social care has reached a record high is of concern to us as this impacts on older and disabled people and the fragile care market.

'The additional £1bn funding announced earlier this year for adult social care has been very welcome, but adult social care continues to be under financial pressure and much of the extra social care funding is being spent to meet demographic pressures, rising demand and avoid cuts.'

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