The number of nursing homes and nursing beds that are clogging is on the rise.
There are now about 4,700 nursing homes in the UK, and the number of patients who are admitted to them has more than doubled over the last decade.
A report from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) says that between January 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021, more than 1,600 beds were clogged in the country.
In contrast, in 2015-16, the number was less than 300.
The problem has got worse in the past year.
There were 1,400 clogs at one hospital in England in May this year, while 1,800 beds were at a nursing home in Surrey last month.
The NMC said that while the problems were primarily confined to England, they were continuing to affect England as a whole.
A total of 7,300 beds were found to be clogged across England in April and May.
However, the NMC has warned that the problems are only increasing, with 1,000 more beds clogged.
Dr Joanne McCutcheon, from the NMP, said: ‘There is an increasing concern that clogging of nursing accommodation in England could be the first of many problems to be identified and addressed as we seek to increase the number and diversity of care homes for patients with complex needs.’
She added: ‘As we develop a more holistic approach to care, we need to make sure that every patient is able to access a range of care.’
Nursing homes clogging a nursing bed Source: NHS Digital/NMC It’s estimated that up to 3,000 nursing beds are clogged by nursing homes, and many of those are owned by the NHS.
The nursing home owners are responsible for maintaining the facilities and ensuring that patients are given the care they need.
The NHS says that a majority of nursing beds will not be cleaned after the clogging has happened.
The average age of patients admitted to nursing homes is 35.
A Nursing Home Licensing Authority (NILA) spokesman said that clogs are caused by a variety of factors.
They include lack of maintenance, overcrowding, poor ventilation, inadequate ventilation and poor ventilation quality.
However they are often exacerbated by the fact that many patients are taking advantage of services available to patients.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has warned there is no one solution to a problem that is not limited to one part of the country, but that there are many ways that nursing homes could be improved.
It said that if the UK does not act to tackle the problem quickly, it could be an ‘unmitigated disaster’ for those patients who need to stay at nursing homes.
NMC chief executive Dr Karen Johnson said: We’re seeing the clogs that we’re seeing in England and we need nursing homes to take more responsibility.
‘It’s not just a problem in England.
It’s an issue across the country and it’s getting worse.’
The problem of nursing bed clogging will become more acute as the number nursing homes close.
In 2020, there were more than 9,300 nursing homes across the UK.
The number is expected to grow to 10,000 by 2022.
However there are also more than 10,500 nursing homes currently operating in England, with around 3,700 beds clogging.
Nursing homes with a shortage of beds A new report from Nice found that nursing home ownership is increasing across England, and there is a shortage in the number available to house patients.
Dr Johnson said that the NHS should consider providing more nursing homes with the space they need to house people with complex health needs.
She added that while there are fewer beds available, it’s important that people with a need to care for their family or carers have a place to stay.
‘Nursing homes need to be able to offer the services they need, but it also has to be about ensuring that people are safe,’ she said.
Nursing home owners need to invest more in care ‘It has to start with the people who are responsible.
It has to include the people in charge of the nursing homes.’
A spokesperson from the National Nursing Home Owners Association (NNHO) said: It’s very important that nursing facilities are safe and accessible to patients, including those with complex medical conditions.
The association supports all the ways that people can access care.
We need to address the problem of clogging and improve the quality of care.
NNHO also highlighted the fact there is still a lack of awareness of how to treat patients who have clogged beds, and how to manage the situation.
Dr McCutcheons said that people in nursing homes should ‘do their best to provide the care that they need and understand the needs of the patients they are caring for’.
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