Intermediate care provision on course to meet NHS Plan targets

Services for older people are “well on track” to meet 2003-04
NHS Plan targets with 2,400 more intermediate care beds, according
to a report from the department of health.

The report reveals that most areas have good working
relationships between the NHS and local authorities, with a shared
understanding of the need to plan and monitor demand on a whole
systems basis for the entire year.

Emergency Care Report 2001-2002, which examines how the NHS and
social services managed emergency services, finds that links with
other local government functions such as housing and environmental
services are getting better, and that local authorities are working
more efficiently with primary care services to prevent ill

The report also shows that delayed transfers of care continued
to drop, and by the end of March had reached the target reduction
of 1,000 since September 2001.





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