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SNP mismanagement having huge impact on patients

May 13, 2014 2:07 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has saidJim HumeJim Hume that the SNP's mismanagement of the NHS was having a real impact on patients after the Mental Welfare Commission raised concerns that dementia patients are spending months in hospital wards despite being able to leave because of a lack of care facilities in the community.

The commission's report into Royal Edinburgh's Ward 14 and Canaan Ward where dementia patients were assessed, found that a high number of patients were delayed discharges. This is thought to be a situation repeated across Scotland with official figures showing that delays due to shortages in care home places accounted for 44 percent of patients waiting over six weeks to be discharged.

Commenting on the report, Mr Hume said:

"This damning report shows that the SNP's mismanagement of our NHS is having a real impact on patients. The SNP are cutting the number of beds in our hospitals because they want to transfer care into the community, but it's clear that there isn't that capacity in the community. People who are able to be cared for in a care home setting are instead being kept in hospitals for weeks on end.

"That isn't good for the patient and their families and it isn't good for our overstretched hospitals. Patients with dementia or other mental health issues must have the right type of care in the right setting. With an ageing population this is a failing which will only increase if the Health Secretary does not take the steps need to improve care in the community. NHS Lothian must take this specific report seriously but it is clear that the Scottish Government must get its house in order by ensuring that there is adequate care provision in our communities."