Lack of funds for nursing care sees Worcestershire waiting lists spiral

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

Older people in Worcestershire are being denied nursing home care because of an apparant lack of funds for placements. Describing the situation as “extremely serious”, the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has called for urgent talks with health authority and social services officials to tackle what it sees as a major crisis in care. The RNHA says it has received reports from nursing homes in Worcestershire that more than 40 elderly patients are having to stay longer in hospital than necessary because there is no money to pay for them to be transferred to nursing homes, where they would receive care more suited to their needs. The total waiting list for nursing home places in Worcestershire is believed to be as high as 100, including patients presently at home. Decisions about funding are said to be taking up to three months to come through, following initial assessment of patients’ needs. RNHA chairman Clifford Davison said it was a matter of grave concern that public funds should be drying up so ea

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