NHS Airbnb-style scheme ‘not dominated out’ by minister

Southend Hospital

The thought of sufferers recuperating in Airbnb-style lodging has not been dominated out, well being minister Philip Dunne has mentioned.

Southend Hospital had been contemplating a trial the place hospital sufferers may very well be discharged to folks’s spare rooms.

The hospital then distanced itself from the thought after it was criticised by politicians and well being teams.

However Mr Dunne advised 5 reside he “would not instantly reject it – one’s bought to trial various things”.

The pilot scheme proposed in Esbad would have seen some 30 hospital sufferers staying in native residents’ spare rooms whereas ready to be discharged.

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As a part of the trial, healthcare start-up CareRooms had mentioned it might recruit “hosts” whose properties had spare rooms or annexes with a non-public rest room.

Southend Hospital later clarified that the pilot wouldn’t be supported till sure standards had been met.

‘New care fashions’

Requested by the BBC’s John Pienaar if the thought deserved a glance, Conservative MP Mr Dunne mentioned: “Properly I would not rule it out.

“This isn’t nationwide coverage, something progressive must be very rigorously scrutinised and badessed earlier than we proceed with it.

“However I would not, simply as a direct knee jerk, say that new fashions of care locally are essentially flawed.”

Mr Dunne added that the thought had concerned “individuals who could have had minor procedures who want a little bit of badist”. It may additionally embody B&B homeowners who have been already medically skilled and will provide lodging, he mentioned.

Labour’s shadow well being minister Justin Madders referred to as the thought a “sticking plaster”.

And Tom Abell, deputy chief government of Southend College Hospital NHS Basis Belief, mentioned: “Whereas we welcome and encourage new concepts and innovation, there is no such thing as a intention and there by no means has been for the hospital to help this pilot at the moment.”


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