Responding to the latest NHS England figures for delayed transfers of care in February 2017, Margaret Willcox, President Elect of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:

“While it is concerning that the number of delayed discharges attributable to social care has risen over the last year, it is encouraging to see there were 500 fewer delays in February because people were waiting for care packages in their own home than the previous month.

“Social workers and care staff have done a fantastic job addressing winter pressures despite the historic underfunding of social care which has put the sector in crisis.

“Without sufficient care at home, people will continue to be admitted to hospital, which will increase pressures on hospital staff already struggling to cope with demand.”



Notes to Editors

  • There were 184,900 total delayed days in February 2017, up from 158,100 (a 17% increase) in February 2016
  • The proportion of delays attributable to social care has increased over the last year to 36.4% in February 2017, up from 32.1% in February 2016
  • The main reason for social care delays was patients awaiting care package in their own home. This accounted for 24,100 delayed days (35.8% of all social care delays) in February 2017 compared to 15,900 in February 2016
  • The delayed transfer of care figures for February 2017 can be found at:

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