Laura Sharman 28 September 2016

MPs blame ‘political maladministration' for unsafe hospital discharges

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‘Political maladministration’ has led to an unacceptable high level of unsafe discharges from hospital, MPs have warned today.

A new report from the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) found delayed transfers of care and premature discharges are a persistent and widespread problem.

It found the historic split between health and social care means that interdependent services are still being managed and funded separately.

The committee is calling on the Government to tackle the structural disconnect between health and social care, and to take further steps to integrate the two sectors.

The committee is also calling for health and social care leaders to ensure person-centred care is the ‘undisputed priority’ and for more data to be collected on the scale and impact of discharge failures.

Responding to the report, chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, cllr Izzi Seccombe, said: 'Getting people out of hospital more quickly and back living at home will only work properly if councils get enough resource throughout the whole year to fund adequate provision of care services.

'It is therefore pleasing that the committee recommends the Government sets out how it will adequately fund adult social care, and integrate health and social care plans across the country.

The LGA is calling for the £700m Better Care Fund to be brought forward before 2020.

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