Cole-Hamilton: Delayed discharges up 58% in a year


Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called on the Scottish Government to stop their centralisation mission and get to grips with the social care crisis after new figures show a 58% year-on-year increase in delayed discharges.

In March 2022 there were 53,600 days spent in hospital by people whose discharge was delayed – up 58% compared to March 2021 (33,840 days).

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

“The pressure and gaps in community care are causing more and more people to be stuck in hospital unnecessarily. The situation is as bad as ever. People should never have to wait weeks or months on a care home place or help to return home.

“The solution to the crisis in social care isn’t a takeover by the very same Scottish Government ministers who moved untested and Covid-positive people into care homes at the start of the pandemic.

“Instead, Scottish Liberal Democrats want to drive up the quality of care for users and move quickly to reward staff with better pay, conditions and career progression through powerful national bargaining. This should be backed by a Health and Social Care Staff Assembly that puts frontline experience and expertise at the heart of the response to this crisis.

“You can vote for this by electing Scottish Liberal Democrat councillors on 5th May.”


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