SEP 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Beds Crisis Forces Cash Injection
council officials are pumping an emergency £500,000 into social
services following a hospital bed crisis at Walsgrave Hospital.
than 100 beds needed for patients are currently being occupied by
people who are awaiting discharge from hospital.
are unable to leave because they need to be assessed by social
workers. Many of the patients are elderly and cannot go home until
their needs have been looked at.
potential £5.6 million overspend by the city council's social
services department has been blamed on the crisis.
try and reduce costs, social services staff were told to stop
carrying out assessments for 48 hours last week except in extreme
cases. The city council insists that contrary to some reports,
there were assessments on people during the stoppage.
this meant that some people in hospital were not looked at to see
what help they need to be able to go home.
care assessment package has to be drawn up and put in place before
they can leave. The 48-hour stoppage caused a backlog, which is
being blamed for problems at Walsgrave.
boss David Loughton said Walsgrave could be on red alert by the
end of the week if the patients were not dealt with. Operations
were being cancelled because there were no beds available.
officials today held emergency meetings with senior executives
from Coventry Health Authority and the NHS Trust.
has been made available by the council to try and relieve the
pressure from the situation.
statement released by the city council this afternoon said:
money will enable measures to be taken in order to reduce the
need for people to be admitted into hospital.
who previously received care before being admitted to hospital
will continue to have care to enable them to leave hospital
where their needs have not changed. People are already being
discharged as a result of these actions.
new care packages will be considered jointly with the Health
Authority against the eligibility criteria in the context of the
availability of finance.
assessments have now been resumed at the hospital although it
will take a number of days for things to get back to normal.
City Council will continue to work closely with the Health
Authority and Trusts to ensure a joint approach to health and
social services that benefits all service users and patients.”