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Britain: Hospital patients face eviction for “bed blocking”

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By Ajanta Silva

23 December 2014

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital Foundation Trust (RBCH) management made national headlines last month for accusing patients of “bed blocking.”

The trust is trying to set a precedent for National Health Service hospitals across Britain that will lead to patients deemed “fit for discharge” to face eviction and legal proceedings. If a case went to court, families and patients could be liable for legal costs of up to £50,000.

RBCH has already made a name for itself as a laboratory for NHS “reforms,” i.e., cuts and privatisation, playing a crucial role in the South West Pay Cartel, which operated as a Trojan horse to cut down the wages and conditions of NHS workers. The pay cartel’s business plan was widely adopted by other NHS trusts and is being implemented step-by-step with the support of the unions.

RBCH spokesperson Katie Whiteside claimed “too many families…

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