Cole-Hamilton: SNP ministers must publish plan to tackle avoidable delayed discharges


Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has said SNP ministers need to set out their plans for reducing avoidable delayed discharges after new statistics revealed the extent of the problems facing hospitals.

Figures published by ISD Scotland today indicate that the number of people on delayed discharge for health and social care reasons in March 2017 remains higher than when the new boards went live last April.

Mr Cole-Hamilton commented:

“These figures indicate that a year on from the integration of health and social care there are now more people suffering avoidable delayed discharges.

“Patients are ready to leave hospital but can’t because their needs haven’t been assessed, there isn’t a care home place or the support isn’t there to allow them to return to their own home.

“We know that for some patients this can last hundreds of days. They are being failed by the health and social care system and the knock-on effects can be felt throughout our hospitals.

“SNP Ministers need to set out their plans for reducing avoidable delayed discharges, including the progress they expect to be made over the next year, so that patients and staff can have confidence that the integration of health and social care will deliver what was promised.”


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