LGA responds to latest delayed transfers of care figures

"Councils have now reduced the average number of delayed transfers of care days attributed to social care since July 2017 by 33 per cent."


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Responding to the latest delayed transfers of care figures published today by NHS England, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Councils have now reduced the average number of delayed transfers of care days attributed to social care since July 2017 by 33 per cent.

“To help reduce pressures on the NHS, adult social care needs to be put on an equal footing with the health service and councils need urgent funding to invest in effective prevention work to reduce the need for people to be admitted to hospital in the first place.

“To help tackle this, the Government needs to address immediate pressures, plug the funding gap facing adult social care which is set to exceed £2 billion by 2020, and reverse the £600 million reduction in councils’ public health grants between 2015 and 2020 which will help to further reduce NHS pressures and costs increasing.”

Notes to editor

  • The latest delayed transfers of care figures for April 2018
  • Between March and April delayed transfers of care due to social care have fallen by 4.4 per cent (67 beds per day), while delays due to the NHS have fallen by 1.7 per cent (51 beds per day).
  • Since July 2017, delays due to social care have fallen by about 33 per cent, while delays due to the NHS have fallen by 8 per cent.