Lack of social care causing bottleneck of delayed discharge


Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today reiterated his call for SNP ministers to set out their plans for reducing avoidable delayed discharges after new statistics showed a 17% annual increase in the number of people delayed for health and social care reasons.

At the July census, the number of patients delayed for health and social care reasons was 1,100. This compares to 943 at the same time last year. 

In total across Scotland, there were 43,536 bed days of delay.

Mr Cole-Hamilton commented:

"We know the cost of delayed discharges to patients and their families, not least disruption and distress, but there’s also a huge cost to the NHS and the patients waiting for a bed.

"It is unacceptable that more than 1,000 people are stuck in hospital every day, well enough to leave but unable to do so because they lack an assessment, care home space or a home care package.

"Staff are continuingly up against huge demand and too much has been asked of them for too long. SNP ministers must now set out their plans for reducing avoidable delayed discharges and the progress they expect to be made tackling it over the coming months."


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