Staggering new figures highlight the problem of NHS ‘bed blocking’ in Kent!

Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign for an emergency cross party commission to solve the crisis in NHS and social care.

The funding crisis in social care means more patients than ever before are stuck in hospital beds longer than they need to be, adding pressure to local hospitals.

Bed blocking figures show in Kent there were 151 people stuck in hospital beds, despite being well enough to be discharged or transferred to social care.

The shocking figures for Kent reveal that the number of hospital beds out-of-action because of bed blocking is equivalent to 568 people staying in hospital for an entire week longer than they need to be.

Tonbridge and Malling Liberal Democrats and Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb have called for a national cross party commission to tackle the funding crisis.

Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb said:

“The NHS and social care face an existential crisis. Demand for services continues to rise year on year but funding is failing to keep up. The position in social care is perhaps even more serious.

“Growing pressures on services are so severe that all parties must come together to fundamentally re-think how we can guarantee the future of the NHS and social care services.

“The Government cannot avoid this issue any longer. Establishing this commission will show they are serious about protecting these vital public services.”

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