Acute October 5, 2018
End Bed Blocking Campaign continues as Hancock pledges £240m

By Daniel Male - Accountable Care Journal

The Campaign to End ‘Bed Blocking’ revealed two more thought-provoking art installations to coincide with the announcement by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, of an additional £240m funding to help get the elderly out of hospital.

The first piece (above) by artist, Gail Armstrong, was timed to land on London’s iconic Primrose Hill, just after Hancock’s announcement.

Titled a ‘Bed of Roses’ the concept was designed to show positivity through the adversity of being kept unnecessarily in a hospital bed. Upon unveiling her piece, the artist said: "It’s personally relevant to me because both my parents are very elderly. My mother’s been in care for many years now, with dementia. I did want my piece to very positive.

"Paper seemed an obvious thing, because of people getting bogged down in the paperwork. I wanted the bed to be very beautiful and very positive, but not one you could possibly lie on."

It followed a piece by Oxford University art student, and daughter of midwife, Megan Jones, whose piece was on display in the famous university town.

She first joined the campaign on her mother’s recommendation and said: "I know first hand how this issue impacts women because my mum and her colleagues care for so many of them every day.

"To be able to raise awareness of the solution to DPT, especially through the means of art, wasn’t an opportunity I wanted to miss."

The campaign promises one more outdoor piece at Oxford Castle then six more artists will reveal their pieces at an upcoming exhibition. In the build-up to the event, Pete Dowds, CEO of Elder, the organization behind the campaign, said: "We’re really encouraged by the Health Secretary’s announcement. He’s shown that he realises not just the importance of getting people out of hospital but getting people home.

"We’re excited to see what comes in the Green Paper. This campaign will keep pushing for change until delayed discharge ends."

What the campaign is calling for?

The campaign aims to bring together artists, healthcare professionals, and community organisations, with the simple objective of stopping people being kept in hospital longer than they need to. The campaign's three-point manifesto:

  1. To call ‘bed blocking’ what is and end the misleading label;
  2. To provide more accurate data that reflects the true scale;
  3. To pioneer innovative solutions that get people home.

The campaign will culminate at the end of the six weeks by displaying the 16 different artistic installations, in an exhibition to be held at Candid Arts Trust in Angel, London on the 11-12 October 2018.

Those interested can get involved at or tweet with #endbedblocking. Media is requested to contact Rebecca Watkins at if interested in attending the exhibition opening.