Cole-Hamilton: 17% year-on-year increase in avoidable delayed discharges

After new statistics revealed a 17% year-on-year increase in the number of people on delayed discharge for health and social care reasons, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

"It is intolerable that on any given day well over 1,000 people are stuck in hospital unnecessarily. Medical staff have told them they are ready to leave hospital but they can't because the care they need in the community simply isn't there. The cost to the NHS is huge and critical opportunities to enable to patients rebuild their lives are lost.

"This can't go on, month after month. We need to give those working around the clock the resources they need and an exit from Brexit which threatens to drastically reduce staff numbers, making the situation worse."

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