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Bed blockers ‘face legal action’ in Bournemouth

A hospital is to give so-called “bed blockers” seven days to leave or face possible legal action, saying too many families are refusing to take elderly relatives home when they are fit to go.

On Wednesday, 70 patients at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital were medically fit to leave but were still on wards.

Nearly half had somewhere safe to go – either to a family home or care home.

The hospital said some families were giving spurious reasons for not taking their loved ones back.

Katie Whiteside, clinical manager for discharge services, said one family asked the hospital to “keep hold” of a relative while they took a two-week holiday in Turkey.

Read more at BBC Health.

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