Care England has called for greater collaboration between the NHS and social care providers.
Responding to Lord Carter’s report on NHS efficiency and delayed discharges, Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England said: “Lord Carter’s report on NHS efficiency shows that nearly one in 10 beds in the NHS is taken by someone medically fit to be discharged.
“As Unison and others have rightly said, cuts to social care of 31% have meant the unavailability of social care for hospital-leavers, which causes unnecessary delays for patients and hampers health service productivity. Independent social care providers are part of the solution to NHS efficiency, but delayed discharges will continue while social care remains badly underfunded.
“Lord Carter has urged acute trusts to engage in different options for post-operative patients: the social care sector is ready and willing to deliver high-quality re-enablement services that will prove effective for citizens and efficient for the taxpayer. Pockets of innovative working exist, but the Government must conclude from Lord Carter’s report that hospitals should work closely with social care providers, and that adequate social care funding underpins NHS efficiency.”