APPG Calls to Slash NHS Hospital Beds

APPG Calls to Slash NHS Hospital BedsA cross-party group of MPs and peers, All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia, (APPG) has called to cut down the number of NHS hospital beds at least by 10% across the UK to save more funds. The APPG has said that reducing the number of beds would help in saving £1bn, which could be spent on improving community-based services. At present, there are of the 105,000 occupied beds in acute trusts.

A recent report prepared by APPG has estimated that the cost of dementia care in the country has reached £20bn every year; due to which, health and social care of the country has come under pressure. The cost of care is expected to rise to £27bn by 2018.

The report has advised the authorities to spend money more carefully so that more funds could be utilized to improve the quality of life of dementia patients.

The Chairman of the APPG on Dementia, Baroness Sally Greengross, said that the government is required to make a plan to deliver quality care to dementia patients. He also said, “Money is consistently being thrown away on poor quality services and inappropriate care for people with dementia”.

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