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2.4m bed days lost in 5 years from social care delays

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 and their families and 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.  In the last year alone (April 2014 to March 2015), shortages in community health and social care services have meant the NHS has wasted hundreds of thousands of bed-days while patients wait for the right care and support in the right place,

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