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Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th June 2018.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Labour, Kingston upon Hull North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Spring Budget 2017, what assessment his Department has made of the effect that the additional funding has had on (a) NHS-attributable and (b) social care-attributable Delayed Transfers of Care (DTOCs) in 2017-18; and if he will list the local authorities for which the number of DTOC days have (i) increased and (ii) decreased in 2017-18 compared with the previous year.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS England collects and publishes monthly data on delayed transfers of care (DTOCs) and the reasons for delay. Data are shown at provider organisation level, from National Health Service trusts, NHS foundation trusts and primary care trusts. Data are also shown by local authority that is responsible for each patient delayed. This data is available from 2010-11 and can be accessed via the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/delayed-transfers-of-care/

At the start of 2017-18 (April 2017), 55% of all delays were attributable to the NHS, 38% were attributable to social care, and the remaining 7% were attributable to both NHS and social care.

In March 2018, 62% of all delays in were attributable to the NHS, 31% were attributable to social care, and the remaining 7% were attributable to both NHS and social care.

There are 109 local authorities where the number of DTOC days increased and 42 where they have decreased in 2017/18 compared to 2016/17. A list of these local authorities is attached.

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