Commenting on figures released today by NHS England which show delays in discharging patients from hospital have risen 23% since June, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:
“The Society for Acute Medicine has previously argued that we are now working in an eternal winter. During the summer months we should be getting ready for winter and, like summer fruits, empty beds should be found in abundance at this time of year.
“A 23% increase in delayed discharges is wrong and reflects a system which is close to breaking down. Our members are working tirelessly to make the system work but they need the tools to do their job. Proper provision of social care is lacking and the inadequacy must now be viewed as a national emergency.”