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Big rise in NHS hospital bed blocking figures

Patients are facing increasing delays in being discharged from hospital, figures obtained by the BBC suggest.

The problem – known as bed-blocking – happens when support from social care or district nursing is not available in the community for vulnerable patients.

Department of Health data shows that in the last two months, there were more than 128,000 days of delays in England, up 11% on the same period last year.

The rise comes after rates have been falling for much of the past decade.

Read more at BBC Health.

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