Over half a million hospital days lost due to delayed discharges.


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 51% year-on-year increase in delayed discharges.

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 51% year-on-year increase in delayed discharges.

In the financial year ending 31 March 2022, there were 540,302 days spent in hospital by people whose discharge was delayed- up 51% compared to the previous year.

Mr Cole-Hamilton, MSP commented:

“These figures once again serve to illustrate the crisis unfolding in our NHS, and how it is directly linked to what is going on right now in social care. Top doctors are saying delayed discharges are the worst they have ever seen and these shocking numbers back that up.  

“The pressure and gaps in community care are causing more and more people to be stuck in hospital unnecessarily. People should never have to wait weeks or months on a care home place or help to return home.

“The SNP/Green Government are out of ideas and instead of using their time to get to grips with this crisis, which is harming people every day, they are wasting it pushing for a second divisive independence referendum.

“The people of Scotland deserve better than this.”   

ENDS

Notes to editors

Source: Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland (publichealthscotland.scot)

Delayed discharge data published by Public Health Scotland can be found here

35% of delays are due to ‘awaiting completion of care arrangements’ complex delay reasons

22% are awaiting place availability

11% are awaiting community care assessment


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