Staggering new figures highlight the problem of NHS ‘bed blocking’ on Wearside
Pic: Wearside Lib Dem campaigners Niall Hodson and Calum Littlemore at Sunderland Royal Hospital
Liberal Democrats are calling for an emergency cross party commission to solve the crisis in the NHS and social care.
The funding crisis in social care means more patients than ever before are stuck in hospital beds longer than they need to be, adding pressure to local hospitals.
Bed blocking figures in the Sunderland City Council area show that in October patients in the city spent an extra 158 days in hospital despite being well enough to be discharged or transferred to social care.
Wearside Liberal Democrats have joined forced with former Government Health Minister Norman Lamb to call for a national cross party commission to tackle the funding crisis.
Launching the campaign Niall Hodson Lib Dem campaigner for Millfield, which includes Sunderland Royal Hospital, said:
“These shocking figures reveal that hospital beds across our city remain needlessly out of action because of bed blocking, where patients are forced to stay in hospital longer than they need to be.
“Politicians of all political parties, in Westminster and locally in Sunderland, must come together to look at the future of NHS and social care funding – it is crucial we come up with a new settlement to ensure stability in the years to come and a fair deal for patients and NHS staff.”
Lib Dem campaigner for Hendon Callum Littlemore added:
“Sunderland’s bed blocking figures are appalling and highlight the need for a real change in tack in how we deal with our Public Services. What we need are solutions that allow services to adapt and fix problems before they become as serious as this."
Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb MP said:
“The NHS and social care face an existential crisis. Demand for services continues to rise year on year but funding is failing to keep up. The position in social care is perhaps even more serious.
“Growing pressures on services are so severe that all parties must come together to fundamentally re-think how we can guarantee the future of the NHS and social care services.
“The Government cannot avoid this issue any longer. Establishing this commission will show they are serious about protecting these vital public services.”