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The Association of London Government has welcomed the extra£100m, announced by Alan Milburn, secretary of state fo...
The Association of London Government has welcomed the extra£100m, announced by Alan Milburn, secretary of state for health, to prevent unnecessary delays in discharging patients from hospital.

The ALG had been calling on the government to provide authorities with the financial support needed to prevent delays in discharging older people from hospital who would be better supported in their own home, residential or nursing care.

The extra funding will provide local authorities with a financial incentive to ensure that appropriate community care services are in place.

Councillor Stephen Burke, chair of the ALG health and social care committee said:

'The extra money is welcome, it will help London councils continue to tackle the problem of delays in discharging older people from hospital.

'It will enable London boroughs to plan ahead with greater confidence, knowing they have the funding behind them to improve services.

'We must ensure that this money is invested to ensure patients have a seamless transition from hospital to social care rather than being wasted on penalty payments.

'The ALG, with its partners in the private and voluntary sector, will continue to work with hospitals to reduce delayed discharge and waiting lists.'

The ALG is monitoring delayed discharges in London boroughs. London boroughs look set to meet the government target of 550 delayed discharge cases in hospitals by April 2003. Figures have shown that in August 2002, 750 older people were in hospitals waiting to be discharged into suitable care, by October this figure had been reduced to 650.

The ALG is also advising London boroughs and hospitals to introduce new assessment procedures and new services that offer homecare and extra care centres for people leaving hospital.


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