Intermediate care must be adequately funded, says GP

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

A British Medical Association spokesman has warned that inadequate funding of intermediate care services could see elderly people being placed in nursing homes without receiving the care they need. Speaking at a fringe meeting at the recent Liberal Democrats conference, Dr Andrew Dearden, a GP in Cardiff and chair of the BMA¹s community care committee, said he was concerned that intermediate care could produce what he described as “a whole new sector of ghetto care” in an attempt to reduce the burden on acute hospitals. The Government¹s NHS Plan announced 5,000 extra intermediate care beds and 1,700 extra non residential intermediate care places. Many of the occupants will be elderly patients currently occupying hospital beds. The intermediate beds are intended as a bridge between hospital and returning home. “The intermediate care proposals have great potential and could prove a great bonus,” Dr Dearden said. “The risk is that, instead of new services, new funds and new staff, new working patterns and new

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