1. This isn't really to do with healthcare workers pay. It's to do with care workers pay! There's too many elderly in hospital who are healthy enough to be discharged, but still need to be discharged into a care home. And there's no care home beds. So they're stuck in hospital.

  2. General funding is the thing not just salaries... they need more beds, more beds means hiring more staff to cover them as they're already stretched super thin on rounds, care homes need more beds and workers too, more beds means more space needed, means more cleaners and so forth... that's a lot of money needed, and that's without increasing the salaries of the existing workforce.

  3. The main problem is there's no longer a middle ground between being in hospital and being in a care home/back at home. There used to be Convalescent Homes where people go after their treatment to get back to full health. If these were still around and part of the NHS the 'bed blockers' could leave the hospitals and go to Convalescent Home where not as many highly trained staff would be needed as in a hospital.

  4. Its not just lack of capacity. The other element in the equation is the state of care when people are discharged. Which can't be done if there is none in place for them. 1000's stuck because of that.. the longer they stay the greater the chance something else goes bad

  5. On the last point, the comparison doesn't hold true because the NHS is not a shop - people do not choose to go to the hospital, it's not a preference.

  6. We need to take a leaf out of Sri Lanka's book. When their fuel system collapsed, people were paying others to wait in multiple day long queues for fuel.

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