NHS bed capacity continues to fall

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today demanded the Scottish Government ensure there are enough NHS beds available in acute specialities to meet demand, after figures published by ISD Scotland reveal the number of beds has continued to decrease.

In 2018/19, the average available staffed beds for acute specialities was 13,105 - a 2% decrease on last year and a 6% reduction when compared to 2013/14.

Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

“The number of beds in our hospitals continues to slide. We need assurances that the NHS is equipped to meet demand.

“We know that every day there are more than 1,000 people stuck in hospital unnecessarily - people who have been declared ready to leave but lack the community care they need. Persistent delays to discharge have a domino effect on all hospital departments left to pick up the pieces.

“We have severely under pressure A&E departments across the country, mental health services that are on their knees and a failing social care system. Liberal democrats demand better and the Scottish Government needs to think carefully before continuing to cut the number of NHS beds.”

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