Definition of bed-blocking in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbed ˌbläkiNG/


The long-term occupation of hospital beds, chiefly by elderly people, due to a shortage of suitable care elsewhere.
Example sentences
  • Funding will be increased in a few areas such as an extra £500,000 for bus subsidies and money for 500 new nursing care beds for the elderly to tackle the chronic problem of bed-blocking in hospitals.
  • The closure of many homes has already led to a shortage of care places in some areas - adding to problems of bed-blocking on hospital wards.
  • Fines to reduce bed-blocking in hospitals could mean elderly and chronically sick people are forced into care homes many miles from their families, researchers have warned.



Example sentences
  • The NHS retaliates by fining councils that leave "bed blockers" in hospital.
  • Bed blockers fill acute wards again for lack of services to take them back into the community.
  • This allows us not to have bed blockers.

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Syllabification: bed-block·ing

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