Care home places should be paid for by NHS hospitals to ease patient gridlock, Labor says

Hospital bosses should plunder their NHS budgets to pay for care home places so patients aren’t stuck in ‘lobster trap’ wards, Labor will say today.

Wes Streeting will praise “groundbreaking” shop stewards who have chosen to fund social care to ease the “stalemate” in their hospitals.

The party’s health spokesman will also tell leaders gathered at the NHS providers conference in Liverpool that more should be doing the same, while criticizing the Government for not spending a penny of its promised £500million delayed redundancy fund.

Wes Streeting will praise

Wes Streeting will praise

Wes Streeting will praise “groundbreaking” shop stewards who have chosen to fund social care to ease the “stalemate” in their hospitals

In yesterday’s mail, the country’s top A&E doctor warned that hospitals are so full that elderly patients are being harmed.

dr Adrian Boyle said he was dying to keep his elderly parents out of the hospital this winter because he feared they wouldn’t get out.

He compared hospitals to lobster traps after NHS figures showed more than 13,500 people are stranded in them every day due to a lack of welfare packages available.

dr Adrian Boyle said he was dying to keep his elderly parents out of the hospital this winter because he feared they wouldn't get out

dr Adrian Boyle said he was dying to keep his elderly parents out of the hospital this winter because he feared they wouldn't get out

dr Adrian Boyle said he was dying to keep his elderly parents out of the hospital this winter because he feared they wouldn’t get out

Some medically fit patients spend up to nine months in the hospital. The bed blockers impede ambulances’ ability to offload patients and respond promptly to 999 calls, slowing the speed at which hospitals can handle record waiting lists.

Mr Streeting is expected to say: “The warning that hospitals are becoming ‘lobster traps’ must be met with action. Not a penny of the funds earmarked for increasing social care capacity this winter has left Whitehall.

“Health Secretary Steve Barclay needs to pull his finger out, get this funding out the door before it’s too late, and make sure patients are no longer stuck in hospital.

“The best NHS leaders are not waiting for the government to act. Pioneering trust leaders are voluntarily forgoing funding to invest in local social care beds.’

Meanwhile, 12 leading health organizations – known as the Richmond Group – are today warning: “We believe the NHS and social care system is now in the most dangerous situation in living memory. Increased funding is critical.’

Despite record waiting lists, some medically fit patients spend up to nine months in the hospital

Despite record waiting lists, some medically fit patients spend up to nine months in the hospital

Despite record waiting lists, some medically fit patients spend up to nine months in the hospital

They say the fallout from the pandemic has “turned cracks in the system into gaping chasms.” The healthcare system faced “disaster” as it was overwhelmed by demand.

A spokesman for the Department for Health and Social Care said: “We are investing an additional £500m in funding to speed up the safe discharge of patients from hospital and to recruit and retain more nurses to support people who are no longer in hospital have to be hospital.

“The NHS will also create the equivalent of 7,000 more beds this winter.” The department said it was working to finalize details on how the relief fund would be distributed and that it would be announced “as soon as possible”.

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