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Nurses “delay hospital discharges” over support fears
Nearly 70% of NHS nurses in England often delay discharging older patients because there is no support for them after hospital, a survey suggests. The poll of 189 nurses for the Royal Voluntary Service charity indicated that medically fit elderly patients were being kept in much-needed beds. The RVS says pressures on hospitals and local authorities could be relieved by more volunteers in people's homes. Ministers say extra council funding has helped move people out of hospital. The RVS survey also found that 95% of nurses said delayed discharge was a serious problem in their hospitals, with 82% reporting that it had worsened in the last 12 months. Just over half of the nurses surveyed online in January and February said they were frequently pressured by relatives to keep patients in hospital.
BBC News Health – 24th February 2015