NHS Winter Crisis

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:41 pm on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health 3:41 pm, 8th January 2018

As I said in my initial response to the question, it is very important that we improve patient flow through hospitals. One of the critical features that enables this is ensuring that patients can be discharged when they are medically fit. We have put a huge amount of effort into this during the past nine months or so. I am pleased to say that some progress is being made, but we absolutely need to focus on this area. Again, there is huge variability between systems across the country. Some have virtually no delayed transfers of care, but the numbers of DToCs in other areas are much too high. We need to learn from the areas that are doing it right and introduce that in areas that are not.