We’ve seen a lot of discussion over the past week or so about the ‘problems’ created by older people who sometimes remain in hospital when there are no appropriate and suitable services in the community to assist in their rehabilitation goal – which is callously referred to in policy-making ivory towers as ‘bed blocking’ – a term I’m wholly opposed to.
Last week, Mike Farrar, the Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation stated that 1 in 4 people who were in acute hospital beds could recover at home if better support were available.
Over the weekend, the government in their own now predictable fashion, entered the ‘policy making’ platform by flinging £170 million at the ‘problem’ of older people taking up these valuable hospital beds. That computes according to this article in the Guardian as a one off payment of £1m to each council to help deal with this awkward problem.
The thing is while not wanting to scoff at money offered, it’s hardly the best targeted or thought through way of delivering a better system of care for older people.