Hi, I am an undergraduate Journalism student studying at City University and I am currently writing an article about 'bed blocking' within the NHS. I would be extremely grateful if you would take the time to answer a few questions on the subject, if possible..
-Is bed blocking lowering the speed and efficiency of treatment within the NHS and do you see this problem as increasing due to tory cuts to local councils and social care budgets?
-What should, in your opinion, be done about ‘bed blocking’ – how can we safely reduce the amount of ‘bed blockers?’
-Do you think the extra ‘£10 billion a year’ promised by the Autumn statement will help reduce bed blocking?
-Does leaving elderly/vulnerable patients in hospital beds longer than necessary cause a greater risk of infection?
-Have you seen an increase/decline in bed blocking over the past year?
BA Journalism, City University London