Care bed shortage blamed for Scottish patient 18 month+ discharge wait

A Scottish MSP has blamed care home bed shortages for an “appalling” rise in bed-blocking in Scottish hospitals.

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has reacted to new statistics showing that there were 1,109 patients in hospital unnecessarily due to ‘health and social care reasons’ (as of June 2018)  – 150 more patients than at the same point last year.

The Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson and Edinburgh Western MSP said: “It  is appalling to see a 16% rise year-on-year in the number of patients stuck in hospital because of health and social care shortages. Recent Scottish Liberal Democrat investigations found patients waiting up to 600 days.”

The patients are all ready to leave hospital but they are trapped because the support needed to move on simply isn’t available. “Each patient and the NHS as a whole pays a huge price for this,” he says.



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