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Fall in Delayed Discharges Welcomed

Official figures show the number of days patients spent in hospital due to Delayed Discharge in November fell by 13% compared to the same time in 2014.

In December the number of patients waiting longer than three days to be discharged was 17% below the December 2014 figure.

Commenting on the latest figures, Kenneth Gibson MSP said:

“The SNP Government has made it clear that reducing delayed discharge is a key NHS priority. This is a significant challenge and £100 million has been committed over three years to help local integration partnerships tackle this issue.

“Partnerships have worked hard over the last year to improve the timely discharge of patients and 7,300 extra bed days were freed up in November compared to the same month in 2014.

“However the SNP Government is ambitious in this area and will continue to work closely with local councils and NHS boards to reduce discharge delays and improve the availability of social care in communities.

"Last month the Deputy First Minister also announced investment of £250 million in 2016/17 through health and social care partnerships, to protect and grow social care services. This will help to further accelerate progress towards eradicating delayed discharge from the system.”


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