Birmingham LA negotiates with hospital trusts in bid to avoid bed-blocking fines

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

Birmingham City Council is negotiating with local hospital trusts over the possibility of waiving bed blocking fines. The authority wants the money to be used instead for the care of elderly people. From next year local authorities face £100 a day payments for each patient obliged to remain in hospital due to lack of council-funded residential care. Birmingham, with just under 50 patients in that position, faces a potential yearly bill of more than £1.5 million. But now meetings are set to take place between the council and the city¹s hospital trusts to discuss allowing the money to be spent on social services. The council wants to put the cash into a special budget, run by an NHS trust but jointly controlled by the authority and the hospitals. A spokeswoman for the Birmingham and Black Country Strategic Health Authority welcomed the idea. “Considerable progress has already been made in reducing delayed discharges across Birmingham,” the spokeswoman said. “We welcome this example of health and social care

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