NHS to move thousands of patients to care homes

The NHS will spend hundreds of millions of pounds moving patients into care homes in a bid to ease pressure on A&E wards, according to reports.

Health chiefs believe between 2,000 and 3,000 hospital beds could be cleared, allowing more capacity for urgent care.

It is understood that around 13,000 patients could be discharged from hospital if they could go into some form of residential home, The Sunday Times reported.