After new statistics revealed a 12% year-on-year increase in the number of people on delayed discharge for health and social care reasons, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:
"It’s atrocious that on any given day well over 1,000 people are stuck in hospital unnecessarily.
“Some patients have been trapped in hospital for so long that it must feel like they’ve taken up residency. Medical staff have told them they are ready to leave hospital but they can't because the care they need in the community simply isn't there. The cost to the NHS is huge and opportunities for patients to rebuild their lives are slipping away.
"It’s essential that our hardworking health workers get the resources they need, as well as an exit from Brexit which threatens to drastically reduce staff numbers, making the situation even worse."