DELAYED DISCHARGE FIGURES CONTINUE TO SPIRAL

Sturgeon, Freeman and Baillie.

By Democrat reporter

The number of days spent in hospital by patients who do not need to be there in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is continuing to rise.

Figures released today for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde reveal that there were 8,306 bed days lost to delayed discharge in January 2020. This is an increase of almost 3000 lost bed days compared to January 2019.

Delays to hospital discharge often arise because a social care package  that would allow someone to safely return home or to a community setting is not in place.

At the January census point, 73% of delays were for health and social care reasons in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, said: “8,306 bed days lost to delayed discharge are 8,306 too many for a health board that is already at crisis point.

“The sharp rise in the number of lost bed days when comparing these figures to January 2019 highlights the extent of the SNP mismanagement of our health services.

“There are thousands of patients in and around my constituency in desperate need of a hospital bed who are unable to get one because of these unnecessary delays.

“Nicola Sturgeon and her health secretary [Jeane Freeman] need to start showing some leadership or else the number of lost bed days will continue to rise and patients in my constituency will continue to suffer as a result.”

 

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