I've called on the Scottish Government to ensure there are enough NHS beds to meet demand after new figures showed the number available has fallen for the third year running.
ISD Scotland statistics covering the quarter ending June 2016 showed that, compared to the same quarter in 2015, the number of available staffed NHS beds fell by 2.4%. This occurred at the same time as there was a 4.4% increase in the number of acute inpatient and day case episodes of care.
At a time when demand for NHS services is increasing, it is worrying that the number of staffed acute beds available dropped to a record low for this quarter.
There were 400 fewer beds this spring compared to last year and 700 fewer than in 2013.
While models of care are changing, the Scottish Government must ensure that NHS Boards are equipped to deal with the pressures being put upon them and that there are enough beds to meet demand.