NHS bed numbers must meet demand

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to ensure there are enough NHS beds available in acute specialities to meet demand, after new statistics showed the number available has continued to fall.

Figures published today by ISD Scotland, covering the quarter ending December 2017, show the number of available staffed NHS beds across all acute specialities now stands at 13,349 - down 1.6% compared to the same period a year earlier.

Commenting Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

“People will be worried that acute bed capacity has fallen again. Staff regularly tell me that there simply aren't enough beds.

“The SNP has failed when it comes to social care, mental health, primary care and delayed discharge, and as a result more work is piling up at hospitals’ doors.

“While it’s true models of care are changing, ministers must face up to their responsibilities and ensure that medical staff have the resources they need to get on with the job. Staff are doing amazing work but the pressure they are put under is inexcusable.”

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