Pensioners reluctant to go home – often because they are too frail or confused to cope on their own – will be given 48 hours to leave. If they refuse, NHS trusts will seek a court order for possession of their bed.
Aintree University Foundation Trust and Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust, both on Merseyside, are seeking to employ anti-trespass powers more commonly used to ban yobs from shopping centres.
Senior consultants blamed councils for not organising services such as carers to enable the elderly to move back into their own homes safely.
A spokesman for Sefton Primary Care Trust, which has drawn up the plans with the two Merseyside hospitals, said legal action was a last resort.
My comment: That's what they say now but when the dust settles it will become the norm.
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