Scottish delayed discharges cost £10.5m a month

Over 1,450 people were stuck in hospital due to delayed discharge in May, according to new NHS data.

This equates to a total of 45,061 bed days lost in just one month, at a cost of £234 per day, working out to a total of £10.54 million a month.

New census data for May, 2019 shows that 1,181 people were delayed by more than three days. Three-quarters of these delays were caused by health and social care reasons.

In total delayed discharges are up 4 per cent, compared to a year ago.

Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, Monica Lennon MSP, said: “People are waiting too long to access social care. Each delayed discharge is a drain on NHS resources and is needlessly putting people at risk of hospital-acquired infection.”


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