in Wolverhampton has reduced by more than 70 per cent in the past two years.
And in the past three years, 23 people died who were classed as well enough to be discharged but left out of official bed-blocking
figures because they had complex needs.
is costing the NHS an estimated PS132million a year, statistics have revealed.
Exit block, or bed-blocking
, occurs when patients can not be moved from A&E on to a hospital ward because an appropriate bed is not available.
In February, a separate study commissioned by the Government found that about 8,500 bed-blocking
patients are trapped in NHS hospitals every day - potentially costing the health service PS900 million a year.
AROUND 8,500 "bed-blocking
" patients are stuck in NHS hospitals every day - costing the health service PS900 million a year and driving up use of the private sector, a report shows.
The Gazette previously reported how a "bed-blocking
" crisis at James Cook had caused delays at A&E.
Back in March, when Llangollen and Flint hospitals were closed, we warned that a lack of spare capacity and losing community facilities without adequately replacing them would create bed-blocking
in district general hospitals such as Wrexham Maelor.
costs the NHS around pounds 600,000 per day at a time when it is starved of money.
Scandal of the bed-blocking
patients who can't go home THE extent of bed-blocking
in Wales' hospitals means some patients are waiting up to two years before being allowed to leave - despite no longer needing treatment.
Patients are often kept in hospitals for periods of time unnecessarily because care packages are not available in the community, which is known as bed-blocking
has become a headache for social services with a pounds 2.2million bill for this year alone and red flag warning from the Audit Commission for unacceptably high numbers.