Delayed discharges up 64% in a year

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called on the Scottish Government to get to grips with the social care crisis instead of devoting their efforts to independence after new figures showed a 64% year-on-year increase in delayed discharges.

In April 2022 there were 53,604 days spent in hospital by people whose discharge was delayed – up 64% compared to April 2021 (32,600 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 SNP/Green Government should be using its time and resources to address this situation because it’s getting out of control and harming people. Instead they are devoting their focus, the work of top officials, and millions of pounds on planning another referendum.

“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.”

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