Adult services ‘save NHS £60m’

The NHS’s excess bed days’ calculations put the saving per day of having one extra bed available in hospital throughout 2016/17 at £313.

Over the last year, the number of delayed transfers of care days attributable to adult social care has fallen by 187,864, meaning that there has been a reduction of almost £60 million in NHS costs as a result of improved adult social care performance when compared with the previous 12 months.

Cllr James Jamieson, LGA Vice-Chairman, said: “Councils have reduced the average number of delayed transfers of care days attributed to social care since June 2017 by 40 per cent, despite significant budget reductions.

“To help councils build on this work and help reduce pressures on the NHS, adult social care needs to be put on an equal footing with the health service.

“Like the 70th birthday funding for the NHS, a similar urgent rescue package is needed for social care and prevention services to ensure taxpayers’ money is spent most effectively to reduce the need for people to be admitted to hospital in the first place

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