Hospitals spending thousands on patients who shouldn’t be there

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TENS of thousands of pounds are being spent each day on patients waiting to be discharged from hospitals in the south.

The NHS spent £73,000 on just one day late last year on delayed discharged patients in eight hospitals, including Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

The patients had no medical need to remain in hospital but required a social care package before leaving

In total, the number of delayed discharged patients - 296 - accounted for eight per cent of all patients.

A Freedom of Information request by BBC revealed the figures. The issue is explored in the Inside Out programme tonight.