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Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Act 2003


3.This Act extends only to England and Wales.

4.The main effects of the Act are:

  • in Part 1, to provide for a local authority to make a payment to the healthcare provider for each day of delay when an NHS patient’s discharge from hospital is delayed and the local authority is responsible for that delay;

  • in Part 2, to provide the power to remove, in circumstances set out in regulations, local authorities’ power to charge for certain community care and carers’ services.

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