It's clear that there are no easy solutions to this problem, and the answer has not yet been found.
Government plans to treat more patients in the community are not easing pressure on NHS hospitals or saving money, says the National Audit Office. It looked at progress in England following the introduction of a £5.3bn Better Care Fund to help local authorities invest in services to keep patients out of hospital. It says in its first year, the fund has helped join up health and social care. But it hasn't led to the expected reduction in hospital workload. The Department of Health said it was too soon to judge the Fund's impact. According to the NAO, within the first year of the Better Care Fund being introduced: The number of emergency hospital admissions has gone up, not down.