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Bed blocking to be eased in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 13:52 09 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

SUFFOLK County Council was today given £1.569m - as part of a £300 million handout to help ease NHS hospital bed-blocking by 2004.

Councils and the independent sector will enter into long-term agreements on placing elderly people in care homes rather than leaving them in hospital beds.

SUFFOLK County Council was today given £1.569m – as part of a £300 million handout to help ease NHS hospital bed-blocking by 2004.

Councils and the independent sector will enter into long-term agreements on placing elderly people in care homes rather than leaving them in hospital beds.

The problem of bed-blocking — where patients languish in hospital beds, blocking others from treatment because no other care is available— is increasing across Britain.

Health Secretary Alan Milburn and Local Government Secretary Stephen Byers, who unveiled the move today, said it should free up 1,000 NHS beds this year. There are currently around 6,000 blocked beds in the NHS.

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