Bed blocking has hit crisis point at hospitals across Birmingham, with new figures showing the problem has risen 50 per cent in the past year.
Up to one in ten patients are stuck in a Birmingham hospital bed not because they need treatment but because they have nowhere else to go.
Hospital bosses have blamed cash-strapped social services' finances for the problem.
But social services claim bed blocking is growing because more patients are being admitted on the brink of the four-hour A&E waiting time deadline to get round tough Government targets.
In July last year, there were 348 delayed discharges across the city compared to 526 during the same four weeks this year - a rise of 51 per cent.
Birmingham's City Hospital reported an increase in delayed discharges to 11 per cent in June. In May, the hospital had 70 patients stuck in beds because they had nowhere else to go.
The Queen Elizabeth and Selly Oak hospitals, run by University Hospital Trust, said it had seen higher than average numbers of delayed discharges so far this year of around 36 patients a week, compared to an average of 26 a week last year.
A Birmingham City Council spokesman said: "There are many reasons for increased numbers of delayed discharges and one is that hospitals are now paid for the number of admissions they make and the number of admissions has risen."
She added that social services was working to tackle the problem despite spending more than £43 million to cut bed blocking.
Bed blocking, which is also called delayed discharges and occurs when a patient cannot be discharged from hospital because no suitable care home place is available for them, puts extra pressure on medical staff to carry out operations because of a lack of beds.
The Forum of Private Business claimed pensioners were being confined to hospital wards after Birmingham City Council closed 175 city care homes in the last five years.
Birmingham City Council struck a deal with city health chiefs to avoid paying new bed blocking fines in January last year.