Acute hospital bed numbers “on the slide again”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has sought assurances that NHS Scotland is equipped with enough beds to meet demand, as new statistics released today reveal 250 fewer staffed beds for all acute specialities compared to the same time last year.

There were on average 13,239 available staffed beds in the quarter ending 30 June 2018. This is down from 13,498 for the quarter ending June 2017.

Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

“The number of beds in our hospitals is on the slide yet again. As we head into winter, people are rightly asking for assurances that the NHS is equipped to meet demand.

“There have long been complaints from health campaigners and professionals about a lack of capacity and staffing in our NHS. Delayed discharge remains a persistent problem and A&E departments across the country are under pressure because beds are blocked elsewhere.

“Hard-working NHS staff must be able to get on with saving lives, safe in the knowledge they have the back up of all the resources they need. Liberal Democrats demand better.”

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