“We all want to lead the best life we possibly can, and for many of us to do this means receiving social care and support. We should always be able to access the care and support when we need it, regardless of where we live. However, a significant reduction in the numbers of GPs and nurses, as well as savings that councils have been forced to make in adult social care has meant that this is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain for many. This is evident in today’s figures with many more people attending hospital where they may have previously been able to access community-based care.

“However, the General Election gives all parties a real opportunity to put adult social care at the forefront of their domestic priorities to see the real change that we need. We have set out what we believe social care needs from the next Government if we are to create a system fit for the twenty-first century: certainty about funding, long-term reform, and a long-term plan.”

-ENDS-

Notes to Editors

  • The latest DToC figures are available on NHS website.
  • Average Number of People Delayed per Day has increased from 1,457 in August 2019 to in 1,541 in September 2019. This is an increase of 5.8%.

  • There has also been an increase from 1,465 in September 2018 to 1,541 in September 2019. This is an increase of 5.2%.

  • Emergency Admissions have increased from 529,903 in September 2019 to 563,079 in October 2019, or 6.3%. They have also increased from 546,022 in October 2018 to October 2019, or 3.1%.

  • A&E attendances have increased from 2,123,558 in September 2019 to 2,170,510 in October 2019, or 2.2%. They have also increased from 4.7% since October 2018.