Definition of bed-blocking in English:



mass nounBritish
  • The long-term occupation of hospital beds, chiefly by elderly people, due to a shortage of suitable care elsewhere.

    • ‘A transfer programme to end bed-blocking, where appropriate, so that patients who can be cared for in nursing homes are moved from acute beds to rehabilitation beds.’
    • ‘Fines to reduce bed-blocking in hospitals could mean elderly and chronically sick people are forced into care homes many miles from their families, researchers have warned.’
    • ‘Targets on transferring successfully treated patients out of hospital to avoid bed-blocking were also met.’
    • ‘The treatment centre will play a major role in reducing waiting times for thousands of patients a year, cutting bed-blocking and hitting government targets.’
    • ‘More old people need nursing and residential care in winter, but Mr Vickers fears a lack of bed spaces could cause bed-blocking at hospitals.’
    • ‘The closure of many homes has already led to a shortage of care places in some areas - adding to problems of bed-blocking on hospital wards.’
    • ‘The delays were having a knock-on impact on bed-blocking in hospitals and some bookings were also being lost.’
    • ‘The Government has announced that social services would get an extra £100 million for each of the next three years to help them end hospital bed-blocking.’
    • ‘Last autumn the Sunday Herald revealed that the first national census of bed-blocking showed that in some areas 10% of hospital beds were occupied by patients who had nowhere else to go.’
    • ‘Funding will be increased in a few areas such as an extra £500,000 for bus subsidies and money for 500 new nursing care beds for the elderly to tackle the chronic problem of bed-blocking in hospitals.’
    • ‘Th health spokesman blamed bed-blocking caused by the closure of care homes for the high number of cancellations.’
    • ‘North Kent's record in tackling bed-blocking in hospitals is among the best in the country.’
    • ‘Lengthy waiting times, cancelled operations and bed-blocking soon became a problem.’
    • ‘Ironically, some of these problems have been caused by the successful policy of reducing bed-blocking in hospitals.’
    • ‘A further £1.4m of Government funds was also announced yesterday to pay for care beds in the community to ease bed-blocking.’
    • ‘Since the fines were introduced, there has been a reduction in bed-blocking, but not as dramatic as hospital chiefs had hoped.’
    • ‘The problem of bed-blocking, where patients, particularly the elderly, have to stay in hospital and take up beds despite being well enough to leave, has bedevilled the health service for decades.’
    • ‘He also expressed doubts over plans to fine local authorities if lack of social services led to bed-blocking in hospitals.’
    • ‘One of her first duties, as she has outlined herself, will be to tackle the problem of bed-blocking.’
    • ‘The Government is desperate to avoid bed-blocking and each year the council can apply for a grant to cope with the discharges.’