Cole-Hamilton: Delayed discharge figures show scale of challenge


Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said the fact that 1 in 12 occupied NHS bed days are due to delayed discharge shows the scale of the challenge facing the new integrated health and social care bodies.

New statistics from ISD Scotland show 567,853 bed days were lost to delayed discharge in 2015/16.

While there was some improvement nationally, the number of bed days occupied by delayed discharge actually increased in 10 local authority areas and by as much as 42% in Orkney. In the Western Isles, 3 out 10 occupied bed days were attributed to delayed discharge patients.

Reacting to the figures, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

“The fact 1 in 12 bed days occupied last year were due to delayed discharge shows the scale of the challenge facing the new integrated health and social care authorities.

“Over 550,000 bed days were lost to delayed discharge in 2015/16. While some progress has been made nationally, we can’t overlook the fact this number increased in 10 local authority areas. In the Western Isles, 3 out 10 occupied bed days were attributed to delayed discharge patients.

“The new partnerships are tasked with ensuring a smooth transition for those ready to be released from hospital but who will continue to require care in the community. At the moment, that simply isn’t happening for far too many people.

“There is cross-party support for the new partnerships which manage billions of pounds worth of health and social care resources. People will be expecting them to make a real impact and significantly improve the experience of those waiting unnecessarily on hospital wards, particularly in those areas that have fallen well below the national average.”


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