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West Midlands bed-blocking up massive 34 per cent since Tories came to power, shocking GMB figures reveal

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

West Midlands bed-blocking up massive 34 per cent since Tories came to power, shocking GMB figures reveal

Huge increase in time wasted by hospital bottlenecks due to break down in social care system, according to union

Bed-blocking in the West Midlands has rocketed by a massive 34% since the Conservatives came to power, GMB analysis of Government statistics shows.

Since 2010, the number of patients stuck in hospital who are ready to be discharged has increased by 28%, and the amount of time they spend in hospital has shot up 34%. [1]

A lack of available social care support is one of the most common reasons for delays in patients being discharged from hospital.

GMB, the union for NHS workers, says this is a shocking indictment of the Tories’ drive to underfund then privatise the NHS.

UKIP’s candidate for the Stoke by-election Paul Nuttall is a firm believer in privatising the health service – a plan which will make an already tough situation much, much worse.

Joe Morgan, GMB Regional Secretary, said:

“At a time when desperately ill patients are left waiting in hospital corridors due to a lack of beds, these figures are particularly distasteful.

“The Conservatives have let our social care system deteriorate to breaking point due to years of serious underfunding.

“Their drive to undermine and privatise the NHS is causing these shocking bottlenecks and putting people’s lives at risk.

“These stats are even more poignant at a time when UKIP’s Paul Nuttall – who is very keen on allowing big business to run riot with NHS contracts – is standing in the Stoke-on-Trent by-election."

 

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