Responding to the latest NHS England figures for delayed transfers of care, Harold Bodmer, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:
“The Personal Budgets in Social Care report issued by the Public Accounts Committee this week highlighted the impact of funding reductions on the care market, and these figures only serve to reinforce these concerns. Despite councils doing everything they can to protect adult social care budgets and look after the needs of their communities, more patients have now experienced a delay in leaving hospital because of social care reasons than in any other month since figures started being collated in this way.
“The fact that there were 19,500 delayed days in April because people were waiting for care packages in their own home – an increase of almost a half on one year earlier - is a matter of enormous concern. More than three quarters of councils experienced some kind of social care provider failure last year, and as the full impact of the introduction of the National Living Wage is felt, we will only see more services put at risk. ADASS has made the sustainability of the home care sector one of its priorities in light of the fragility of the care market and people’s future needs, but unless the Government addresses the chronic underfunding of social care – and quickly - many services are at significant risk over the next couple of years, and this will have worrying consequences for older and disabled people, their families and carers.”
Notes to Editors
The figures can be found at https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/delayed-transfers-of-care/2016-17-data/
There were 167,677 individual days (second highest on record) which represents a 21% increase over the last year. Previous highest was March 2016 at 169,928 days.
- The number of delayed days for social care was 55,125 (highest figure on record) which represents a 37% increase over the last year. Over the last two years delays for social care have increased by 90% (April 2014 - 28,978 days).
- 32.9% of delays were attributable to social care, which is up from 32.2% in March 2016. In April 2015, 29.1% of delays were attributable to social care.
- The main reason for social care delays was patients awaiting care package in their own home. This accounted for 19,500 delayed days (35.3% of all social care delays), compared to 13,100 in April 2015.
Please note that “on record” refers to the time since statistics started being compiled in this way.