Care and Support
Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister
Andrew Lansley (Secretary of State, Health; South Cambridgeshire, Conservative)
The total number of delayed discharges is broadly the same as it was last year and, I believe, from memory, the year before—I will correct the record if not. Some 29% of the delays in discharge from hospital are due to the inability to access social care. Most of them arise because people are awaiting further assessment or treatment in the NHS. We have all the details of delayed discharges and are working actively to reduce them.