PERFORMANCE Delayed transfers of care are up 21 per cent year on year at Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust, with social services blamed for the majority of cases.

West Hampshire clinical commissioning group board papers said that in March 2013 4,915 bed days were lost, compared with 4,051 bed days in March 2012.

An average of 14 patients were delayed per day in 2012-13 – three patients a day more in than a year earlier.

It amounts to a 21 per cent increase year on year.

Board papers said: “Majority of delays attributable to social services, particularly awaiting PoC, nursing and residential care placements.”