Responding to the latest NHS England figures for delayed transfers of care in April 2017, Glen Garrod, Vice President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:

“It is concerning to see the number of delayed discharges attributable to social care reach a record high in successive months which not only causes anxiety and stress for people who are medically fit to leave hospital, but reflects the historic underfunding of adult social care.

“However, there were 1,300 fewer delays due to people waiting for care packages in their own home than the previous month, which is encouraging progress.

“We should praise and thank our committed social workers and care staff who continue to do a fantastic and essential job under challenging circumstances to provide personal and dignified care that older and disabled people rely on.”


Notes to Editors

This month’s overall DToC figures are down (177,137 days) compared to March’s 2017 (199,260 days).

  • Over the last year the overall DToC figures has increased by 5.6% (April 2016 – 167,677).
  • The number of delayed days for social care were 67,105 which represents a 21.8% increase over the last year (April 2016 – 55,125).
  • 37.9% of delays were attributable to social care (record levels), which is up from 32.9% in April 2016. In March 2017, 36.8% of delays were attributable to social care.
  • The main reason for social care delays in April 2017 was patients awaiting care package in their own home. This accounted for 23,900 delayed days (35.8% of all social care delays), compared to 19,500 in April 2016 and 25,200 in March 2017.
  • The delayed transfer of care figures for April 2017 can be found at: