The National Audit Office has published Discharging older patients from hospital. The report finds that the health and social care system’s management of discharging older patients from hospital does not represent value for money. The spending watchdog estimates that the gross annual cost to the NHS of treating older patients in hospital who no longer need to receive acute clinical care is in the region of £820 million. The report highlights that, while some efforts to rectify the situation have been made, an ageing population and an increase in older people being admitted to hospital requires there to be a step change in performance to resolve the problem.
Related: Kings Fund Blog: David Oliver looks at the findings of the new National Audit Office report and considers why hospitals are still failing to discharge older people in a timely way. Why is it more difficult than ever for older people to leave hospital?