Hospital patients pay the price for the social care crisis | Letters

Regarding your article about patients stuck in the hospital, I was cured in three weeks, but not released until 16 (Up to one in three English hospital beds occupied by dischargeable patients, 13 November). After three weeks, the nurses who looked after me when I needed treatment had to spend 10 minutes every day chatting and watching me to make sure I wasn’t depressed. Add other patients in the same position and it takes a significant chunk out of the grueling 12 hour shifts that most of these overworked, underpaid and dedicated people have to work.

Feeding myself and changing my bedding when I could have done that at home was another unnecessary cost to the NHS. I could not be released because there were no carers available for weeks to check that I was doing independently. I was. Also, the caregivers were paid so poorly that most of those I saw had to take other jobs to make ends meet. I wonder how many members of this Conservative Cabinet (if any) rely solely on the NHS for their medical care.
John Griffiths

Our family benefited from the services of caregivers for our handicapped and wheelchair-bound adult son. They help us get him up every morning and get ready for bed every night. We see their work up close and consider them to be very hardworking, professional and always cheerful. They have also become members of our family and good friends to our son. They deserve better rewards.

The agencies that employ them will only get contracts by keeping costs to a minimum, a large part of which is salaries. It seems so obvious that if they were paid more, more staff could be hired and hospital beds could be freed up. I realize that extra places in care homes would be needed, but what happened to all the local authority homes that disappeared because the ‘private sector’ would provide them?
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It was standard for local community hospitals to provide an acute care hospital “shrink” feature – a place where recovering patients could move to immediately after treatment while preparing to return to normal life. But official guidelines no longer highlight this as a route for discharged patients.

Additionally, in recent years, NHS England and its cohorts at local level have closed beds in community hospitals, despite local resistance in places like here in Far West Cornwall; we used to have two community hospitals and now we have lost both. Certainly, local social services are under enormous pressure. But the real scandal is the lack of common thinking within the NHS.
Doctor Pierre Levin
West Cornwall Health Watch

For too long, the social protection solution that has garnered the most attention has been protecting older people’s assets – primarily the value of a home they will no longer live in, so that inheritances can continue to grow. based on distortions in the housing market. Meanwhile, the social care sector is on its knees, with local authorities unable to pay fees, care providers unable to recruit and retain enough staff, and hospitals providing room and board rather than medical care. medical care.

The case for the creation of a national care service has never been stronger, and while there is no clear commitment to make it a top priority, the impact on health services will be even more important.
The Brights
Exeter, Devon

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