Commenting on new annual delayed discharge figures from ISD Scotland, which show that delayed hospital discharges have increased by 6% between 2017/18 and 2018/19, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“While some of these extended hospital stays will be due to complex conditions, far too many are because there isn’t enough capacity to take care of people in the community.
“Some patients are there for hundreds of days after medical staff have declared them well enough to leave.
“It’s time for the SNP to step in and assist hardworking staff, especially given that they promised to eradicate delayed discharges years ago. That starts with publishing the integrated workforce plan that was due last year.”