Elderly patients who no longer need to be in hospital cannot be discharged due to cuts to social care which is in turn putting extra pressure on Addenbrooke’s.
Speaking in the Commons, Daniel Zeichner challenged the health secretary who visited Cambridge last week and asked if he had noticed the one hundred over 85s on the wards at Addenbrooke’s when they should have been out in the community.
There has been a 12% rise in the number of people over the age of 85 coming into A&E.
Daniel Zeichner MP said: “With winter fast approaching, the Government and the Conservative County Council need to come clean and acknowledge that their underfunding of social care is the root cause of problems in our NHS.
Addenbrooke’s is not the place to warehouse vulnerable elderly patients. Our elderly parents and grandparents deserve proper social care and wards need to be free for people who are ill.”