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

“The fact that the number of delayed discharges attributable to social care has reached a record high is worrying and reflects how far winter pressures extend into the year.

“There were also 1,100 more delays due to people waiting for care packages in their own home than the previous month, which is symptomatic of the historic underfunding of social care which has put the sector in crisis.

“Despite this, dedicated social workers and care staff have done a fantastic job under challenging circumstances to provide personal and dignified care that older and disabled people need and deserve.”


Notes to Editors

  • There were 199,260 total delayed days in March 2017, up from 184,855 in February 2017. This represents a 17.3% increase over the last year (March 2016 – 169,928)
  • There were 73,331 delays (record level) for social care. This represents a 34% increase over the last year (March 2016 – 54,763) and is the highest level since December 2016 – 70,217 delays)
  • 8% of delays were attributable to social care, which is up from 32.2% in March 2016
  • The main reason for social care delays was patients awaiting care package in their own home. This accounted for 25,200 delayed days (34.3% of all social care delays), compared to 19,400 in March 2016
  • The delayed transfer of care figures for March 2017 can be found at: