Calls for NHS support as figures reveal over 1,000 hospital beds cut in two years

Scottish Liberal Democrats have challenged the SNP Government over its poor record on Scotland’s NHS as figures showed Health Boards have lost over 1,000 beds in just two years.

This drop in bed numbers comes despite discharges from acute specialities and A&E units being at their highest in a decade 

Health campaigners and professionals have ramped up their warnings over the state of Scotland’s hospitals. Many face chronic shortages of staff and capacity issues.

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

“The SNP in the Scottish Government spent so long campaigning for independence that they took their eye off the ball. These figures show in black and white that as a result, over 1,000 beds have been lost from Scotland’s hospitals in the space of just two years.

“It’s little wonder that more patients are being treated in the wrong department, waiting times aren’t being met and patients are being kept in hospital despite being clinically ready to leave. Health campaigners and professionals including the BMA and RCN Scotland have long complained about the severe capacity and staffing issues facing our NHS. 

“We were promised that integrating health and social care would take pressure off of hospitals. But the jumbled approach of cutting beds without proper community care in place has resulted in patients bearing the brunt of SNP mismanagement.

“Scottish Liberal Democrats will be keeping up the pressure on the SNP to give our NHS the support is so badly needs.”

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