Care at home could save NHS £1.7bn


The NHS could save up to £1.7bn a year if hospitals and Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) treated more patients in the home, according to a new report.

It found 1.3 million patients could be discharged from hospital sooner and receive treatment at home, saving over 14.5m bed days a year. The Taking the Pressure Off study from Bupa called for home healthcare to be a standard offer for all patients in NHS care. Bupa suggested patients staying in hospitals for conditions such as knee and hip replacements or infections could be discharged sooner. According to the report, up to £1.3bn in savings could be made if patients were discharged from hospital sooner after an operation. And an additional £390m could be saved if there were eff...

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