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NEW FIGURES SHOW IMPROVEMENTS IN DELAYED TRANSFER OF CARE

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The Welsh Assembly Government is making significant inroads in tackling the problem of delayed transfer of care, he...
The Welsh Assembly Government is making significant inroads in tackling the problem of delayed transfer of care, health minister Jane Hutt said on the publication of the latest figures yesterday.

On a comparable basis with England, figures in Wales would now show only approximately 150 people experiencing delayed transfer of care.

The new figures show that in the three months to June, the number of patients experiencing delays of any sort within the system, have been reduced by 154 or 15 per cent to 856 compared to the March statistics and 260 or 23 per cent since September 2003.

The minister said that the Assembly Government wants people to be in the right care setting at the right time and that an additional£4m given to local health boards late last year has made a big difference.

Ms Hutt said: 'The extra funding has meant that patients that would otherwise have been delayed have been discharged. Along with other initiatives we have put in place, the additional money is helping to reduce the problems and improve the service for patients.

'We are already working with the service and patients to look at alternative treatment settings to free-up hospital facilities as well as providing additional funding to expand non-acute care services.

'We are putting in place£19.5m each year until 2007 to help increase the capacity for people to be cared for at home and in the community.

'New guidance, which is out to consultation, will be published shortly providing advice on managing patients expectations and explaining and emphasising choices available, which will reduce pressure on the service and the impact on other patients.

'The Assembly Government is committed to addressing the problem of delayed transfers of care throughout the health and social care system and it's encouraging that these measures are already helping achieve this.'

The latest statistics can be found on the assembly websiteunder Health and Care in the Headlines section.

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