West Sussex County Council cries poverty

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

Elderly people in hospital waiting to be moved into residential or nursing care are facing delays because of the reduced money given by the Government to West Sussex County Council for its social services provision. In West Sussex Hospital alone, 28 elderly people were waiting to be assessed for placement in long term care. West Sussex social services committee chairman Barry Mack said the council’s social services funding had been effectively cut by nearly £5 million. “We want to assess these elderly people and put together packages of care to suit their needs, but we are getting to the point where we are struggling to move them into nursing or residential care because money has been taken away from the south and given to northern authorities,” Mr Mack said. “At the end of November, West Sussex Health Authority had 22,419 people waiting for admission to hospital for operations. “We wish we could help reduce bed-blocking by moving elderly patients into our care more quickly, but the inadequate social service

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