Rising numbers of elderly patients are being left “stranded” in hospital for more than three weeks amid a growing social care crisis, an investigation reveals.

Last year Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, pledged to bring an end to the “long stay” culture on the wards, promising quicker assessments and more support at home for those who are well enough to be discharged.

Health officials warned that a 10-days in a hospital bed could mean pensioners “aged” by a decade, in terms of lost muscle mass.

Every NHS trust was set targets to reduce such stays – defined as “super-stranded” cases – as part of efforts to reduce pressures on hospitals.

But new research shows that 87 per cent of trusts have missed their targets – with the number enduring long stays rising since the promise was made.


Experts said the use of hospitals as long stay institutions was fuelling record numbers of cancelled operations. In the first quarter of this year,

19,969 procedures were cancelled at the last minute, for non-clinical reasons – a rise of 28 per cent in five years.

The analysis reveals that four in five such cancellations during 2018/19 occurred at trusts who had missed the target to cut long stays.


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Read the full shocking details in a Daily Telegraph report here https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/26/soaring-numbers-pensioners-left-stranded-hospital-weeks/