The number of people experiencing delays in their transfer of care has fallen significantly across Wales since Janu...
The number of people experiencing delays in their transfer of care has fallen significantly across Wales since January 2004, health and social services minister Brian Gibbons said today following the release of the latest delayed transfers of care statistics.
Since January 2004 delays have reduced by 36% and the total number of days delayed by 45%, the lowest figures since records began in April 2002.
Dr Gibbons said: 'The Welsh Assembly Government, the NHS, and local government have worked hard to prevent people being admitted to hospital if it is not needed. There have also been real improvements to hospital discharge resulting in patients leaving hospital as soon as it is safe for them to do so. These new ways of working are beginning to have a real impact on the number of people who are delayed in hospital.
'I am aware that there is still much to be done, that is why the Assembly Government has set a target to reduce the total number of days delayed by 50% by the end of 2007. I am confident that with the continued hard work of staff and joint working across health and social care, this will be achieved.'
The latest figures can be found here