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Delayed discharges up 36% in a year

August 2, 2022 5:14 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called, once again, on the Scottish Government to get to grips with the social care crisis instead of devoting their efforts to independence, after new figures showed a 36% year-on-year increase in delayed discharges.

In June 2022 there were 50,340 days spent in hospital by people whose discharge was delayed - up 36% compared to June 2021 (37,136 days.)

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

"The crisis is social care is not going away. Every month, we see huge numbers of people waiting to return home, but can't as there is no social care package in place and we know the distress, disruption and deterioration that can cause. All the while, the SNP/Green Government is wasting its time and energy on an unwanted referendum instead of focusing on the things that really matter.

"They need to take action on this now. Waiting for SNP ministers to take over care services and impose their own vision is not an option"

"Scottish Liberal Democrats want to drive up the quality of care for users and move quickly to reward staff with better pay, conditions and career progression through powerful national bargaining."