Delayed transfer of care up slightly

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The number of total delayed transfer of care days rose slightly in June year on year, official government figures show.

There were 135,202 total delayed days during the month, an increase from June 2018, when the number was 135,088.

A breakdown showed 62.6% (84,656) of all delays were attributable to the NHS, 28.3% (38,268) to social care and the remaining 9.1% (12,278) because of both. Delayed transfers attributable to social care only was down from 40,004 in June last year.

In acute, the three main reasons for delays in social care were awaiting a care package in own home (8,023), awaiting residential home placement or availability (5,115), and awaiting completion of assessment (4,822).

In non-acute, the three leading reasons were awaiting a care package in own home (4,823), awaiting residential home placement or availability (4,574), and awaiting nursing home placement (2,096).

Commenting on the figures, Julie Ogley, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services president, said: ‘There’s a long-term plan for the NHS that should enable additional funding for primary and community services, and this is in addition to the further capital funding for hospitals announced last weekend. However, unless social care is a priority for the government, then people will continue to go into hospital when this could be prevented. We need both short-term and long-term funding solutions.’