Commenting on NHS England Monthly performance statistics for May 2016, released today, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, said:

“These worrying figures are yet more evidence of an NHS under immense strain. It’s particularly alarming to see that the number of people being delayed from leaving hospital continues to rise dramatically with almost 35,000 extra patients experiencing a delayed transfer of care compared to this time last year, a 25% increase. 

“This problem affects frail and elderly people the most and they are left stuck in hospital, often because proper care and support is not available at home. As our population ages, this problem will only get worse unless the new Government confronts these issues head on. It is vital that Theresa May’s Government delivers a fully funded health and social care system, which is fit for purpose, as a matter of urgency.”

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