The big problem seems to be the inability to get find suitable places in the community for those patients ready to be discharged, causing bed blocking. This issue needs to be addressed without delay.
The number of patients on hospital wards in England has been at unsafe levels at nine in 10 NHS trusts this winter, BBC analysis shows. To minimise the risk of infections and delays in getting treatment, hospitals are meant to have no more than 85% of beds occupied. But the analysis showed 137 out of 152 hospital trusts have been above that level since the start of December. NHS bosses said hospitals had major problems discharging frail patients. They said a lack of care in the community meant they were having to keep patients on wards.