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‘Stop unnecessary deaths’: Call for urgent action over county’s emergency care and discharge crisis

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‘Stop unnecessary deaths’: Call for urgent action over county’s emergency care and discharge crisis
Bernie Bentick
Bernie Bentick

It comes after the president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Adrian Boyle, told national media that up to 500 people a week were dying due to A&E delays.

Meole Councilor Bernie Bentick says this equates to five deaths a week in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and says “immediate action” must be taken.

Councilor Bentick said: “The immediate transfer of £9 million to hospital emergency services and community social care will reduce and hopefully stop the needless deaths of Shropshire’s acute illness patients.”

According to Shropshire Council’s spring/summer 2021 market position statement, there are 117 registered nursing homes in Shropshire, with 3,485 beds registered with CQC.

Councilor Bentick says 20 per cent of these, almost 700 beds in Shropshire, have been closed due to understaffing and underfunding of the council.

Looking at Sitrep data from NHS England, Councilor Bentick said there are also almost 200 patients stuck in hospital wards in Shrewsbury and Telford who don’t need to be in hospital.

While there are small-scale schemes commissioned by SaTH to provide social care support to patients at home and in community social care beds, these are a “drop in the ocean of need”, added Councilor Bentick.

It has called for urgent action by the Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS), including:

  • Transfer at least £8.8 million to reopen 170 of the estimated 700 unfilled community care beds and use them for those medically fit for discharge but still in hospital.

  • Reopen wards at Shropshire Community Hospitals for transitional care and assessment

  • Further develop the Discharge to Assess (D2A) system in Shropshire

  • Making pay levels ‘attractive’ to Shropshire hospitals staff to retain staff

Councilor Bentick said Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin ICS could commission closed care homes to reopen and temporarily re-use community hospital beds.

He says these actions must be immediate and start this month, speeding up to accommodate current need.

Responding to Councilor Bentick, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin ICS leaders said both the NHS and councils are working together to manage the pressures and work challenges they face.

Councilor Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Leader and Nick White, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin ICS Medical Director, said: “At health and care services in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, we continue to experience extremely high demand and labor challenges. without precedents. , which reflects what we are seeing at the national level.

“We do not recognize the figures that Councilor Bentick quotes and will ask him to share the details and source of this.

“However, we want to reassure the public that health and social care partners, including the NHS and councils, are working together to help manage the pressure and take additional steps to prioritize and keep services safe for patients.

“As a system, we have implemented some specific interventions from our winter plan to build more capacity.

“This includes increasing the number of hospital and social care beds and increasing the number of same-day appointments in primary care.

“We have launched our virtual rooms that help people, who would otherwise be in hospital, get the care and treatment they need in their usual place of residence.

“We are also working together to enable faster and safer discharges from the hospital to home. Getting people out of the hospital on time is more important than ever.

“It’s good for patients and helps hospitals make room for those who need urgent care.”

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