Another fall in NHS Continuing Care (CHC) numbers
The CHC figures for the last quarter of 2017-18 have been released. They show that in April 2018 the total number of people eligible for NHS CHC in England stood at 54,411. Of these, 37,114 were eligible for standard NHS CHC and 17,297 were eligible for Fast Track NHS CHC.
In the last three years the number of people eligible for NHS CHC in England has dropped by almost 15% (a fall of over 8,500 – from 63,000 to 54,411). During this period the NHS has shed over 8,500 overnight beds. As I have noted in an earlier ‘post’ the English population does not appear to be any healthier and the fall in CHC numbers is almost certainly attributable to a change in the way Clinical Commissioning Groups assess for eligibility.
If one ignores the loss of overnight beds, the figures suggest (if my calculation is correct) that since 2015 the NHS has shunted at least £340 million of costs per annum to social services authorities and families – ie over £2 million in each social services authority area. If one includes the loss of beds, this figure doubles.