To help make this process easier, this month, coinciding with the political conference season, the BHTA has published a position paper titled 'Action on Delayed Transfer of Care
The Assembly Government and local bodies should end the practice of local authorities and trusts using local agreements to delay the start of counting a delayed transfer of care
"Despite this, as a result of record levels of investment in our NHS, delayed transfer of care
performance at Betsi Cadwaladr is much improved.
The statistics show that the issue of "bed blocking" in the NHS has seen major improvements, with 403 patients experiencing a delayed transfer of care
I WRITE with regard to the claim that bed blockers (more correctly know as DTOCs - Delayed Transfer of Care
) are costing Wales pounds 69m per year.
``We have already made available an extra pounds 17m over two years to help strengthen the care home sector, reduce delayed transfer of care
and avoidable hospital admissions.
Latest statistics show a slight improvement in October, but with 474 people still experiencing a "delayed transfer of care
In 2006-07, the average cost of delayed transfer of care
in Wales was pounds 69m - almost a third of which could be saved by implementing a "systematic" approach.
With the serious financial problems facing the NHS in the city it's difficult to see how this matter will be resolved sooner rather than later.' Fewer care home places: Bed blocking - or Delayed Transfer of Care
- has been a major problem for Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales for many years, rising from 150 cases in April 2002 to a peak of nearly 250 in February 2004.
"Hospital beds have already been cut by a fifth, with 5% of patients experiencing a delayed transfer of care
waiting over six months to be moved to a more appropriate care setting.
The Wales Audit Office also wants to know whether both local government and the various NHS organisations understand the causes and impact of delayed transfer of care
According to the Cardiff and Vale NHS trust, the problem of bed blocking, or Delayed Transfer of Care
, is worse now than ever before.