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We won’t be able to afford the NHS unless we ‘solve’ this problem
New figures from Age UK show an escalating social care crisis in England with 2.43m bed days lost to the NHS between June 2010 and March 2015 as people wait too long for vital social care.   Not only is this upsetting for the individuals & their families & detrimental to their health, but it also comes at a huge cost to the taxpayer.  A staggering £669m is spent keeping people in hospital while waiting for social care, and most of these being aged 65 and over.
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2.4m bed days lost in 5 years from social care delays

Joined-up care by law

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