bed-blocking


bed-blocking
'bed-.blocking
n [U] BrE
a situation in which someone stays in hospital because there is no other suitable place where they can go to be looked after. This means that other people cannot go into hospital when they need to, because there is no bed for them.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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