The NHS could save up to £1.7 billion a year if hospitals and Primary Care Trusts treated more patients in the home, according to a new report by Bupa - “Taking the Pressure Off”.
It says that up to 1.3 million patients staying in hospital for conditions such as knee and hip replacements or infections could be discharged from hospital sooner and get their treatment in the home. The NHS could save over 14.5 million bed days a year, which could significantly help ease capacity pressures and reduce waiting lists.
Dr Mehmood Syed of Bupa says, "Enormous savings can be made by reducing the amount of time people spend in hospital. These savings are made possible by the avoidance of overheads and accommodation costs, which are incurred when maintaining patients unnecessarily in hospital beds. We are calling for home healthcare to be a standard offer for all patients in NHS care.”