Commenting on calls from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh for older patients to be protected from unnecessary ward moves, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:
"Older patients and their families will know how unsettling it can be to be moved from ward to ward. If a patient is facing a long hospital stay their ward can become a familiar place, aiding their recovery. The RCPE should be congratulated in their constructive approach towards tackling the shortage of beds in Scotland's hospitals.
"It was unsettling to learn that thousands of patients are "boarding" and being cared for in wards which do not have the right resources. With each week more health professionals are making clear the extent to which Scotland's hospitals are facing a chronic shortage in capacity.
"We have previously published figures which show the number of geriatric beds have dropped by a third since 2003 despite geriatric admissions being the highest in ten years. After working all their lives and contributing to society it is pitiful that we should not have the appropriate resources to provide good care to older people. The SNP government cannot continue to let down patients."