More than short-term jam needed

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

Councils are being funded to tick off government targets on bed blocking. But, asks Bob Ferguson, can we be confident about the longer term outcomes? Say what you like about the Government¹s handout to have delayed hospital discharges massaged down to acceptable levels, you can¹t possibly criticise them for lack of evenhandedness ­ their allocation system has raised as many hackles as it has spirits. That the most severely affected councils ­ 50 so-called hot spots ­ are to have shedloads of cash heaped on them has been described by some (not exactly dispassionate observers) as a perverse reward for poor performance. Although that interpretation may not be completely fair, it did attract a measure of support a few days after the anti-bed blocking launch as the Government unveiled its awards for the good, the bad and the positively ugly among social services authorities. In the list of 14 worst performing councils, seven are “winners” of this enhanced funding. But, as two of the top-notchers are also in

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