MSP promises probe into bed blocking

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

A Scottish Parliamentarian has told a public meeting that the newly-formed legislative body will investigate the problems caused by “bed blocking”, where NHS beds are occupied for long periods by elderly people who would be more appropriately placed in a nursing or residential care home. More than 70 people attended a public meeting held at Stirling in June, organised by the Central Association of Carers, the local branch of the Scottish Association of Care Home Owners (SACHO). SACHO chairman Dr Colin Barron described the effects of bed blocking, saying it meant elderly people spending months in hospitals, relatives having to travel long distances, hospitals having to curtail admissions and GPs finding it difficult to admit elderly people to care homes. “The old system of DSS funding worked very well but it has been replaced by a system which is slow, bureaucratic and complicated,” Dr Barron said. When someone is assessed as requiring care then they should be transferred to the home of their choice pronto – n

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