"Hospitals under pressure has become the status quo, and this winter is unlikely to be any different. The solution often clearly lies outside of the walls of our hospitals and into communities. Today’s analysis reflects that change is urgently needed if we are to build a sustainable health service, especially the way that we deliver care to older people."
“With the commitment of staff and healthcare leaders, backed by investment in the NHS, we have a fighting chance to change how care is delivered. This will take time and we must act now to ensure this pressure does not push the system and our hospitals to breaking point.
“By providing care closer to home, building on community services and local voluntary sector partners, where older people need it, we can improve care for individuals and take pressure off hospitals. However, we critically need sufficient funding in social care to make this work.
“Our commission looking at improving urgent care for older people will publish its recommendations in the New Year and will provide practical solutions for how we can improve care for older members of our communities.”
Source: NHS Confederation