Delayed Discharges


Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has 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.

Alex said: "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.”   


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