NHS paying private firms millions to beat bed blocking after social care cuts : Daily Mirror.

A report shows how the NHS is having to shift more patients to private hospitals and private care homes.

NHS hospitals are paying private companies tens of millions to help tackle the bed blocking crisis.

The problem – when patients are fit to leave hospital but cannot be discharged – is being blamed on massive Government cuts to social care.

A report shows how the NHS is having to shift more patients to private hospitals and private care homes to reduce the delayed discharges and free up beds.

The NHS Partners Network document talks of a private hospital ringfencing beds for patients from an NHS hospital.

The report says: “What began as an emergency arrangement is being developed into a more permanent option.”

Read More : Daily Mirror.

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