Soaring numbers of patients sent home from hospital at night

Vulnerable patients – many elderly – are increasingly being sent home from hospital in the middle of the night, despite repeated pledges to stop the practice.

An investigation reveals the number of patients being discharged between the hours of 11pm and 6am has risen by more than a fifth in five years.

Charities said the figures were a “tragic” reflection of an unsafe and inhumane health service, which was putting lives at risk.

They said frail pensioners, including those with dementia, had died after being found wandering the streets after being discharged at night.

Full Story: The Telegraph, 31 December 2018