NHS chief reveals 18,000 people have been stuck in hospitals for more than ...

Around 18,000 people have been stuck in NHS hospitals for more than three weeks because there are no care services in their community, the NHS chief executive revealed today.

Simon Stevens said most of them could be better looked after elsewhere and said it illustrated why the NHS is buckling under growing pressure.

Mr Stevens said Government had to get to grips with the ageing population, warning the growing elderly population was among the biggest challenges in 70 years of the NHS.

Theresa May has unveiled an extra £20billion a year for the NHS, while Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has promised to reform social care. 

Around 18,000 people have been stuck in NHS hospitals for more than three weeks because there are no care services in their community, NHS chief executive Simon Stevens (pictured on Marr) revealed today

Around 18,000 people have been stuck in NHS hospitals for more than three weeks because there are no care services in their community, NHS chief executive Simon Stevens (pictured on Marr) revealed today

Simon Stevens told Marr (pictured) most of them could be better looked after elsewhere and said it illustrated why the NHS is buckling under growing pressure.

Simon Stevens told Marr (pictured) most of them could be better looked after elsewhere and said it illustrated why the NHS is buckling under growing pressure.

Mr Stevens said the Prime Minister had promised care changes would not add to pressure on the NHS.

He told the BBC's Andrew Marr: 'I think we’re seeing today that part of the reason hospitals are under such pressure is because we’ve got about 18,000 people in hospital who’ve been there for more than 3 weeks.

'Many of those with appropriate community health services and social care could be back on their feet at home. I think that case has been now well understood.

'I think there are some immediate

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