Older patients 'must not be pressured to leave hospital'

Age Cymru has warned that older people should not be forced out of hospital beds, in an attempt to reduce A&E pressures. Credit: PA

The charity Age Cymru has warned that older people should not be "put under undue pressure to leave hospital before they are able to do so."

It follows the Health Minister Mark Drakeford's announcement of "immediate actions" to cut waiting times in A&E departments, including freeing-up beds "by ensuring when patients no longer require hospital treatment, they are discharged in a timely manner."

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Elderly hospital-leaving warning

Wales' Health Minister has set out plans to reduce the pressure on A&E departments here. The charity Age Cymru is warning that older patients must not be pressured to leave hospital too soon, and without the right support.