Patients stuck in hospital for 500,000 days

New figures released today have revealed that people who are ready to leave hospital have been left waiting for over half a million days during the year 2019-2020. 

The data released by ISD Scotland also reveals that the cost of delayed discharge in 2018-2019 was £134 million.

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

“Delayed discharge figures are a disappointment every time they are released. Healthy patients are waiting in hospital, preventing others from getting the treatment they need and impacting their own mental health.

"What's more the discharge backlog meant there were far more people waiting in hospital than there should have been when the Scottish Government came to rapidly discharge patients into care homes in March and April.

“In 2015 the SNP Health Secretary promised to totally eradicate delayed discharge. It has been a long five years for the thousands of patients who have seen this commitment fall by the way side."

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