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NHS launches plan to improve patient care by cutting long hospital stays

The NHS has announced plans to improve patient care by cutting long stays in hospitals.

Simon Stevens and Ian Dalton, the chief executives of NHS England and NHS Improvement, will set out the plans which will also help to free up thousands of hospital beds and ease pressures next winter.

Shorter stays will benefit patients who would otherwise be stuck in hospital when they are well enough to leave as well as freeing up beds for those who are sicker.

Many older people, particularly those who are frail and may have dementia, actually deteriorate while in hospital – a stay of more than 10 days leads to 10 years’ muscle ageing for people most at risk. More...