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Bed blocking: Hospital services 'overwhelmed'

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

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.

Baroness Ilora Finlay of Llandaff, who will advise the health minister on services for the elderly, and Mario Kreft, chair of Care Forum Wales, spoke to Oliver Hides on BBC Radio Wales.

They both said some hospital services were being "overwhelmed".

  • 24 Apr 2013
  • From the section Wales