Briggs Challenges Nicola Sturgeon Over Delayed Discharge Claims

Despite Nicola Sturgeons claims that “The number of beds lost in our health service because of delayed discharge is down”, this does not give the full picture.

In Lothian, if you look at the figures over the last 5 years, the number of bed days due to delayed discharge has gone up from 8,126 bed days in November 2012 to 8,709 bed days in November 2017, an increase of 7%. For Scotland, for the same time period, Delayed Discharge figures have improved slightly from 41,897 bed days in November 2012 to 41,104 bed days in November 2017, an improvement of less than 2%.

Miles Briggs has called for an Scottish Government Review of Social Care funding in Lothian to address the crisis.

Miles Briggs comments:

“These figures show the ongoing issue over delayed discharge and are an indicator of the Social and Health Care crisis affecting NHS Lothian.

“It is deeply concerning that NHS Lothian remains by the far the lowest performing region in Scotland on delayed discharge.

“If Nicola Sturgeon thinks that the crisis we have in our NHS over delayed discharge is improving it shows just how out of touch she is.

“Delayed discharge can have a big impact on patients who are stuck in hospital and not able to get back on with their lives.”

“The cost to the NHS of delayed discharge is enormous. It also has a knock on effect for other areas, such as increased waiting times due to a lack of beds.”

“This is an ongoing crisis that the SNP government has consistently failed to deal with over the last 10 years that they have been in charge of NHS Scotland.

“The SNPs strategy of sticking their head in the sand until the problem goes away is not going to cut it.

“Delayed Discharge will continue to get worse until the SNP take their heads out of the sand and deal with the problem.”


Miles Briggs