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Mark Drakeford pledges over hospital discharge delays

Patients in Wales have been told they will not be allowed to stay in hospital in future while the NHS and social services argue over who pays for care.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford said patients should leave as soon as they can, and not continue to occupy beds.

He was setting out measures to ease pressure on hospitals after a spike in demand for emergency services.

A&E consultants have warned that their departments are at "meltdown" point due to overcrowding and a bed shortage.

BBC Wales health correspondent Owain Clarke reports.

Pledge to tackle hospital A&E delays

  • 23 Apr 2013