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SNP still failing to get to grips with delayed discharge

The problem of patients being stuck in hospital despite being fit to leave is getting worse according to latest statistics.

Figures published today showed that in May 1,451 people were subject to a delayed discharge, with 1,136 of these delays being due to health and social care reasons.

This is an increase on the month before, and marks another increase under this SNP Government.

This is despite SNP health secretary Jeane Freeman having said that tackling delayed discharge would be her number one priority, but one year into her tenure things are only getting worse.

Scottish Conservative shadow health secretary Miles Briggs MSP said:

“These are yet more statistics that show the SNP aren’t getting to grips with this problem.

“Delayed discharge is a serious issue which is bad for patients and ends up costing our NHS millions of pounds a year.

“We need to start tackling this, but instead we have seen no direction from the SNP on how to improve social care and allow these people to leave hospital.

“The SNP can’t blame anyone else for these statistics – the responsibility for this lies solely with them.

“Jeane Freeman said that addressing delayed discharge was her number one priority. A year into the job and the situation is getting worse on her watch.”

 

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Notes to editors

The ISD Scotland stats can be found here:

https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Health-and-Social-Community-Care/Publications/data-tables2017.asp?id=2451#2451

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