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Hospital 'bed blocking': Lib Dem Kirsty Williams asks where patients will go

Older patients should not be put under pressure to leave hospital before they feel ready to do so, a charity warns.

It follows Health Minister Mark Drakeford's announcement of measures to cut waiting times for urgent hospital treatment by tackling "bed blocking".

An estimated 275 beds are currently used in Wales by mainly elderly patents who are well enough to leave hospital.

The charity Age Cymru says appropriate support must be made available for patients and families before discharge.

Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams told BBC Radio Wales' Bethan Rhys Roberts she welcomed Mr Drakeford's announcement but wanted to see how it would work in practice.

Patients 'must not be forced out'

  • 24 Apr 2013