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Glasby, Jon
July 2003
Nursing Older People;Jul/Aug2003, Vol. 15 Issue 5, p6
Academic Journal
New legislation will see social services departments 'fined,' if they delay in providing appropriate support for hospital patients who are ready for discharge. In April 2003, the Community Care Bill received approval and became an official act of parliament. Under this piece of legislation, social services departments, unable to provide appropriate community care services for someone about to come out of hospital within set timescales, will be 'fined' by the concerned hospital. Under the act, hospitals have a duty to notify social services of any individual whom they believe will require community care services on leaving hospital. The local authority will then have a minimum of three days to put together a discharge plan.


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