Chesterfield Royal Hospital: Thousands of patients discharged in middle of night
Thousands of NHS patients are being discharged from Chesterfield Royal Hospital every year in the middle of the night, new figures have revealed.
A Freedom of Information Act request has found that in 2014, 1,571 patients were released from hospital between the hours of 11pm and 6am.
This figure increased in 2015 to 1,601, with 720 being discharged in the year to date.
The controversial practice of sending patients home at night was to be investigated by the government, but the practice seems to have continued.
As long ago as April 2012, NHS England medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh called on hospitals to cut down on overnight discharges following a series of cases where vulnerable patients had been left to make their own way home.
Katherine Murphy, Chief Executive of the Patients Association said: “It is simply unacceptable if patients are being discharged from hospital late at night, especially if they are elderly or vulnerable patients.”
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