YEP Says, March 18: Time to cure this age-old problem crippling the NHS

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YOU don’t have to look too hard to see where the NHS could save money.

YOU don’t have to look too hard to see where the NHS could save money.

As part of our Right to Know campaign, we reveal today that more than £10m has been spent over the last three years on hospital beds for Leeds patients who were well enough to go home.

That’s £10m of taxpayers’ money that could have been spent providing care for patients who need it – or medication that the health service says it can’t afford.

There’s nothing new about bed blocking – but it’s staggering to think that an organisation as big as the NHS hasn’t yet found a way to solve it.

In fact the problem is getting worse, with almost 1,800 patients seeing their discharge from Leeds hospitals delayed last year.

One stayed needlessly in a bed that should have been used for someone else for an astonishing six months.

The reasons most often cited for hold-ups are the wait for a care home place or further NHS care or assessments.

The reduction of care home places in the city is undeniably a factor, yet it is inconceivable that greater efficiency and better communication between the various agencies involved would not secure an improvement.

Now is the time for them to do just that. For the sake of patients and our pockets.

Bob was a true Headingley hero

IF England’s cricketers had shown half the skill and grit of Yorkshire legend Bob Appleyard, they wouldn’t have taken an early plane home from the World Cup.

Even after having part of his lung removed due to tuberculosis he continued to bamboozle county and Test batsmen in the 1950s with his bewildering mix of medium-pace swing bowling and canny off-spin delivered with metronomic accuracy.

The only person to take 200 wickets in his debut season in the County Championship, Bob, who has died at the age of 90, will go down as one of the finest players to ever grace the hallowed Headingley turf.

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