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Home Care Services

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 139595, tabled on 30 April 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) elderly and (b) vulnerable people are not discharged from hospital before adequate home care provision is in place.

Answered on

9 May 2018

Patients should only be discharged from hospital when there has been an assessment of the support they need to be discharged safely. This requires local health and care organisations to work together to ensure transfers between care settings are centred around patients and their carers.

The requirements for National Health Service bodies and local authorities where patients are likely to have on-going care and support needs, such as elderly and vulnerable people who may need domiciliary support, on discharge from hospital are set out in the Care Act 2014 and the Care and Support (Discharge of Hospital Patients) Regulations 2014.