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  1. Ruth Cartwright February 24, 2015 at 4:29 pm #

    Really interesting article and inspiring to hear that pressure from the medical side was resisted by social workers and residential care homes. Of course, the medics are suffering extreme pressure too and somewhere down the line are patients who really need a bed, but the way to meet their needs is not to dehumanise and shove out those, who, while recovering, still need hospital care or for whom making alternative care arrangements which involve them and their wishes and requirements will take a while. If there are not enough beds, there are not enough beds and NHS managers need to learn that and not expect social workers and others to collude in covering up basic inadequacies in service.