Scots critical care units lose 7000 days to delayed discharges

Units designed to look after Scotland's sickest patients lost some 1000 patient stays in 2018 because of delayed discharge, new figures have revealed. 

New analysis by Scottish Labour of figures released today show nearly 7000 'bed-days' were lost due to delays elsewhere in the system.

Bed shortages elsewhere in hospitals mean patients often can't be moved out of intensive care onto general wards once they are well enough.

General wards themselves struggle with delayed discharge as patients are prevented from leaving hospital due to a lack social and community care places.

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Scottish Labour have warned the delays are evidence of 'increasing pressure' on the health service and an NHS in distress.

Scottish Labour's health spokesperson Monica Lennon MSP said:

“These new figures confirm what patients and NHS staff know - our NHS is in distress and struggling to cope with demand.

“This is further evidence that delayed discharge in other parts of the hospital, due to the SNP’s complacency on social care, is having a knock on effect on other parts of our NHS.

“A lack of hospital beds is putting pressure on already overworked staff and means patients are stuck in intensive and high dependency care for longer than they need to be.

“This can’t continue – Scottish Labour is urging the SNP government to redouble its efforts to invest and make our NHS fit for the future.”

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