SAM president calls for ‘right support and infrastructure’ to tackle delayed discharges

Following publication of a study in the BMJ Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health which suggests the rise in mortality rates since 2015 could be explained by changes in the number of delayed discharges of NHS patients, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:

“We, along with many other health professionals, have consistently raised the issue of delayed discharges over the past three years while the government failed to acknowledge the scale of the crisis in social care and the record numbers of delayed discharges in our hospitals as a result.

“As more evidence becomes available of the effects, more pressure grows to ensure the right support and infrastructure is in place to discharge medically-fit patients safely and that is essential to patient safety as well as the sustainability of the NHS.”

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