Care home bed crisis in Plymouth
Social services manager for Plymouth City Council Jim Graham has warned that the residential care system in the city is near to collapsing. In an interview with local media Mr Graham said the situation was now so bad that the city was in danger of running out of care home beds for elderly people discharged from hospital. He said this could mean that Derriford Hospital, the main hospital in the city, could be unable to meet targets to beat bed blocking. “The market is in collapse and hospital discharge figures are not going to be delivered,” he told journalists. Mr Graham called for a system of financial protection of care homes to to help them stay in business. He said that while Plymouth had 2,000 care home beds they were now being lost at a rate that would soon be unsustainable.