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Cole-Hamilton demands plans to reduce bed blocking

November 7, 2017 4:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats health spokesperson, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today demanded that SNP ministers set out their plans for reducing avoidable delayed discharges after new statistics showed the problem worsening for the fourth month in a row.

The average number of NHS hospital beds occupied per day in September 2017 was 1,391. This compares to 1,279 in May 2017.

Mr Cole-Hamilton commented:

"These new figures should worry SNP ministers because they will certainly worry staff and patients.

"They show more than 1,000 patients in hospital every day, who have been declared ready to leave, specifically because the help they need in the community simply isn't there. That's 100 more patients than was the case in May. Some are needlessly stranded in hospital for hundreds of days on end.

"Charities are warning that the shortage of social care workers is putting people at risk. Some are being left without food, water and essential medicines. Staff are working tirelessly but there just aren't enough of them.

"Since the integration of health and social care eighteen months ago the situation hasn't improved to any great extent. That is why the Scottish Government must set out their plans for reducing avoidable delayed discharges and the progress they expect to be made tackling it over the coming months."