The NHS should spend cash on care at home rather than on hospital beds
Cutting hospital beds and using the money for care at home could mean better treatment for patients, according to NHS England’s chief nursing officer.
Prof Jane Cummings states that freeing up the money put into “old and expensive buildings” is one way the health service can improve.
Staying in hospital too long can often make patients more ill, she claims.
The Patients’ Association said social care and the NHS needed to integrate.
Prof Cummings said “outdated models of care” needed to change.
The article is in response to a review set up by the NHS which split England into 44 areas, ordering local managers and councils to come up with sustainability and transformation plans to improve efficiency.
Describing an NHS organisation in Devon, Prof Cummings said: “[It] wants to invest in home-based care, but it struggles because resources are currently tied up in hospital beds.” To read more visit the BBC website