Hospital Beds

“Could please you advise me on following:

1. How many service users were placed in hospital beds because of a lack of suitable alternative housing, for each year between 2013/14 and 2017/18; and
2. The average length of hospital stays among these service users, for each year between 2013/14 and 2017/18?”

Devon County Council does not collect, collate or hold information in relation to the above.  The Council is not a housing authority with housing duties and does not have a role in assessing or responding to the housing needs of individuals.  We do not, therefore, hold records relating to people with Health conditions on Housing authority waiting lists.  You may wish to re-direct your request to District and Unitary councils in Devon who have responsibility for housing.

The Council does not have the ability to make social care placements into hospitals.  As far as we are aware, admission to hospital is determined by local health practitioners on the basis of health related conditions.  You may wish to contact the NHS direct for further information in this regard.