Fines for delayed discharges could cost councils in East Anglia £12m

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

A media investigation in the East Anglia area has shown that councils could have to raise as much as £12 million to pay possible fines imposed by the Government if they are not able to provide enough social care places to accommodate bed-blockers. Social services departments estimate they could face fines of up to £100 a night for each bed-blocking patient in acute hospitals under government proposals aimed at reducing the number of elderly people unable to find residential care. Essex County Council head of community care Roger Sinden told the East Anglian Daily Times that the authority faces a bill of up to £8 million a year. “The figure would depend on what¹s going to be charged. We estimate on £120 per day,” Mr Sinden said. “We agree it is not right that older people should stay in hospital, but it is wrong to assume delayed transfers are to do with a lack of social care willingness to effect discharges. “The reason people are delayed in hospital is not just to do with social care. Just to pick on so

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