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Bed-blocking in the North West has rocketed by a massive 145% since 2010, according to health uninon GMB.
The number of patients stuck in hospital who are ready to be discharged has increased by 104%, but the amount of time they spend in hospital has shot up nearly 150% – both of which represent the biggest increase in the country.
A lack of available social care support is one of the most common reasons for delays in patients being discharged from hospital.
GMB, the union for NHS workers, says this is a shocking indictment of the lack of funding for the country’s social care system.
Paul McCarthy, GMB Regional Secretary, said: “At a time when desperately ill patients are left waiting in hospital corridors due to a lack of beds, these figures are particularly distasteful.
“The Conservatives have let our social care system deteriorate to breaking point due to years of serious underfunding.”