We have heard over the course of 2019 how the social care system in the UK is in crisis. There is an election that could be the most important election in the country’s history, and whoever gets into power are going to have to eventually tackle the issue of social care head on in Wales and the entire UK.
One reason the social care system needs to be addressed is because it is disadvantaging our NHS. According to CareHome.co.uk the NHS is losing £27,000 per hour because of the social care crisis, local authorities simply have no infrastructure to care and support people when they are ready to leave hospital, what this means is people have to wait longer in hospital taking up beds and NHS resources that lead to the NHS bleeding much needed money.
To put it in real perspective, the NHS is losing £640,000 per day and over £1m every two days, this figure stands correct between the last general election in 2017 and the current general election in December 2019.
There are also other health risks to consider with people staying in hospitals longer than they need to. If people are stuck in hospitals and are unable to be active in their own homes then this can cause serious health defects such as muscle damage and muscular wastage. These health risks will mean two things, one, people will stay in NHS hospitals for longer, or two, they will end up back in hospital further costing the NHS.
Caroline Abrahams from AGE UK goes on to say.
“Two and a half million bed days have been lost in the NHS since the last general election in 2017. The reason for this is because social care services are not capable of caring for people who are ready to be discharged from hospital.”
“The money that is wasted because social care services are not fit for purpose is staggering losing £640,000 per day, however people who are ready to be discharged end up worse off as they can not continue with their rehabilitation and recovery leaving them back at square one.”
ProCare Nursing can help deliver care to your loved ones
We understand that social care services are in crisis that is evident, however, if you are in need of health and social care services ProCare Nursing can help you privately, if you need care in the home we have carers who have years of experience that can deliver quality care to your loved ones.
Don’t leave your loved ones waiting around in NHS beds causing further delays in their recovery, we can help put a care plan in place and get your loved ones back on their feet fighting fit again.
ProCare Nursing has over 20 years of experience delivering care to service users in Cardiff and across the South Wales area. If you need advice call us or arrange a meeting we are happy to help.
Tel: 029 2025 0611