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There's a block in this thinking.

Byline: Robin Williams

I WRITE with regard to the claim that bed blockers (more correctly know as DTOCs - Delayed Transfer of Care) are costing Wales pounds 69m per year.

If the 639 current total of these patients costs pounds 100 plus per day that would equate to 1,080 days per year, when there are only 365, of course. A total of 639 patients at pounds 100 = pounds 63,900.

Divide this into the pounds 69m and you will see that this claim is ridiculous as it would take three years to reach this total.

Simon Jones says that 112 beds are taken up by DTOCs but, with more than 2,000 beds at UHW, that makes only 5%, which should be easily coped with by care beds in the community being made available.

That becomes the joint problem of the city council and Cardiff Local Health Board, and one that certainly wouldn't cost pounds 69m to resolve.

So much money has been wasted talking about the DTOC problem over the years that we probably could have placed three times the number of so-called bed blockers within the community by now. Therefore, I think it is high time that WAG extracted the proverbial digit, knocked a few heads together, and set about resolving the problem once and for all.

Robin Williams Gwyn James Court Sundew Close, Penarth
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 12, 2008
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