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The relationship between delayed discharge and care home bed supply

 

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The relationship between delayed discharge and care home bed supply

The Centre for Health Economics and the Economics of Social and Health Care Research Unit within the University of York produced this research paper.

It aims to answer two questions: Does the supply of care home beds in a local authority (LA) affect hospital discharge delays and does the supply of care home beds in neighbouring LAs affect delayed discharges ie are there spillovers?

The report uses data that is only recently available on delays for hospital patients in 147 LAs between 2010-2012, distinguishing between those delays caused by social care and those due to hospitals.