Delayed hospital discharge – homecare has played key role

Posted on June 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|By SIMON ALCOCK, Policy officer ­ The Quinn Centre, Email:| There was uproar when health ministers first announced that they planned to fine social services departments every time they were responsible for a delayed discharge from a hospital bed. Many claimed that this was not only unfair but also counterproductive, introducing a divisive element into what needed to be a team effort between health and local authorities. These protests had an effect. The Government altered the policy and added a £100 million grant for the first year to help councils pay the charges. But this didn¹t alter the principle ­ social services would be fined of they didn¹t meet the targets. The scheme fitted into the Government¹s strategy which emphasises the importance of independence for older people. Homecare and “Extracare” accommodation will be the care models of the future. Has the scheme been a success? Some say it is too early to tell, but five months after the scheme¹s official launch it looks

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