Responding to new statistics showing the extent of delayed discharge, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:
“These figures indicate that a year on from the integration of health and social care there are more people suffering avoidable delayed discharges.
“That means there are more patients ready to leave hospital but who 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.
“Liberal Democrat freedom of information requests recently uncovered that patients’ waits are lasting hundreds of days. It is time this was tackled but they are being let down by an SNP government that is obsessed with independence.
“I have repeatedly urged ministers to set out detailed plans for reducing avoidable delayed discharges and to explain what progress they expect to make in tackling them.
“A vote for the Liberal Democrats on Thursday is a vote for lifting the 1% public sector pay cap and, unlike the Tories, guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens to remain. This would ensure staff are properly rewarded and improve recruitment and retention.”