Delayed discharge is going in the wrong direction in Scotland, new figures released today show.
Information released today shows that hospital bed days associated with delayed discharge have increased by 5% in a month. Delayed discharge is when a patient is clinically ready to be released from hospital but isn’t.
Earlier this year the SNP Health Minister Shona Robison pledged to get delayed discharge down to zero by the end of the year.
Scottish Labour Public Services Spokesperson Dr Richard Simpson said:
“The NHS is our most important public service, but we can see that it is straining to deliver the care Scots need with its current resources.
“The reality is that the SNP Government is squeezing health spending here in Scotland harder than even the Tories in England, but they have also ignored the growing crisis in social care in Scotland.
“Earlier this year Shona Robison promised that by the end of the year no patient would be kept in a hospital when clinically fit to leave, yet the figures today are going in the wrong direction, it’s getting worse, not better.
“Since the Health Minister made that pledge thousands of patients have been kept needlessly in hospitals when they could have been in their homes with their loved ones.
“This is a vicious circle that means too many elderly patients are stuck in hospital longer than they need to be. That’s more patients needlessly at risk of hospital acquired infection and more families left worrying about their loved ones.
“The SNP Health Minister blamed the winter A&E crisis last year on levels of delayed discharge. This issue has to be sorted before the cold weather returns.”
Notes to news editors
Figures released today show that hospital bed days associated with delayed discharge have increased by 5% in a month.
“In July 2015, there were 47,797 days spent in hospital associated with delays in discharge; this is a 5% increase on the previous month (45,356). This increase in part reflects a change in data recording practice by NHS Lanarkshire. Excluding NHS Lanarkshire, the number of bed days occupied by delayed discharges increased by 1% on the previous month.”
Earlier this year Shona Robison pledged to get delayed discharge down to zero
“I want over the course of this year to eradicate delayed discharge out of the system and I am absolutely determined to do that.”
Source: BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme, Wednesday 25 February 2015