Health secretary says social services Œhave delivered, can and will deliver¹


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

A recent speech by health secretary Alan Milburn has been welcomed by directors of social services for “dealing frankly with the issues of social services funding”, and for giving credit where credit is due for the reduction in the number of delayed discharges of elderly people from hospital in recent months. In his speech to health care professionals, Mr Milburn said social services were under real pressure and more investment still was needed. “That is necessary not least to stabilise the care home market and to develop new rehabilitation, intermediate and homecare services that can promote people¹s independence,” Mr Milburn said. “Last October I provided an extra £300 million to help councils reduce the number of patients whose discharge from hospital was being delayed. Even though delayed discharges are down compared with five years ago, about six per cent of hospital beds were needlessly blocked. Since then the extra resources have helped free up 1,000 beds that would otherwise be occupied by people wh





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