Healthwatch calls for change to discharge process

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Healthwatch England has called for national change to the process of discharging people from health and care settings, following a special inquiry which has underscored the human and financial cost of poor and unsafe discharges from health services.

With more than one million emergency readmissions within 30 days of discharge in 2012/13 alone, costing an estimated £2.4 billion, the organisation said on Tuesday that the time has come for “concerted action and coordinated national leadership to ensure the discharge process meets people’s needs.”

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