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New report highlights need for increased intermediate care investment

17th November 2014

The government has been urged to invest more funds to support the NHS intermediate care sector following the publication of a new national audit.

Produced with the help of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the study highlighted the fact that the sector has been able to deliver excellent patient outcomes, despite growing demand and increasing funding shortfalls.

However, the sector – which provides care for patients either when they leave hospital or are at risk of being hospitalised – needs to double its capacity in order to meet increasing demand due to an ageing population.

Moreover, there has been no national increase in funding for intermediate care forthcoming, despite warnings about rapidly rising demand in two previous reports, leading to longer waiting times. As such, the RCN has once again called for the government to take action.

Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, said: "Britain has an ageing population … It is not fair or prudent to expect patients to go to hospital every time they require care which could be delivered in the community or in their homes."

The organisation urged the government last week to take a more long-term approach to NHS funding, accusing it of a reliance on short-termist thinking and emergency measures at present.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801760661-ADNFCR

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