Once again the elderly are being cast as a problem to the NHS. The trouble is they will keep getting ill !
The Health Service chief Sir Bruce Keogh has been talking in the last few day about the problem of bed blocking. During September there were over 1,000 patients, most of whom were elderly, who were unable to be discharged because of lack of social care at home.
This is estimated to cost the NHS £34,ooo,ooo a month !
So here is my simple solution :-
An NHS GOLDEN GOODBYE
£34 million divided among 1000 patients, who are probably as keen to leave as the hospital managers are to get rid of them, would amount to £1,133 each.
If they went home and paid a carer £10 an hour, they could buy themselves 113 hours of care — at say 4 hours a day that would give them enough for paid support for a month. Rather more than the 15 minute visits they might get from Social Services.
Alternatively, they could check into a budget hotel for a week, have a private room with en suite bathroom/shower, a colour TV and room service meals. After their illness that should put a smile on their face 🙂
The even more adventurous ex-patient could be dropped off at the local airport in the ambulance and with their £1133 NHS Golden Goodbye money they could buy an Easyjet ticket to Spain and have two week all found winter break on the Costa Del Sol.
The overnight benefit to the NHS would be 1,000 beds at no extra capital cost — and— shorter waiting lists.