Hume: older patients suffering most from bed blocking crisis

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume has warned that Scotland’s older people are suffering most from a crisis which has left over 1,000 patients kept in hospital despite being clinically able to leave.


Delayed discharges figures published today showed that in April 2015,  more than 400 patients waited for more than the maximum target of two weeks to be discharged. This is a 14% increase from the previous month.

Of the 47,476 bed days caused by delayed discharges in April 2015, almost three quarters were occupied by patients aged 75 and over.

Mr Hume said:

“Scotland’s older people suffer most from the bed blocking crisis.

“It is disappointing that more than 400 patients were kept in hospital for more than two weeks despite being clinically able to leave.

“Bed blocking is not only a frustrating experience for patients and their families, but it also heaps pressure on a health system already close to boiling point.

“The SNP in the Scottish Government has taken its eye off the ball to focus on its independence plans. Barely a day goes by without news of further troubles facing Scotland’s NHS.

“SNP Ministers must listen to the experts and develop a long term response to this ongoing crisis.”

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