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3 million hospital bed days lost

Almost 3 million hospital bed days have been lost between June 2010 and January 2016 due to a lack of social care provision at a cost of £910m, according to a new report by Age UK.

The findings reveal that between 2014 and 2015 there has been a 28.4% increase in the number of hospital days lost due to a lack of social care provision available for people being discharged from hospital. 

This increase came in the first year of the Better Care Fund (from April) when it was hoped that pooled funding would reduce delayed discharges.