New figures released today (Tuesday) by the NHS have revealed that throughout the last year up to today, there have been 75,515 bed days lost due to residents from the City of Edinburgh Council area being stuck in hospital despite being declared ready to be discharged. 87.9% of those lost bed days (66,412) were due to health and social care reasons.

In February 2019, across Scotland 40,813 days were spent in hospital by people whose discharge was delayed. This is an increase of 6% compared with 38,394 days in February 2018.    

In February 2019, the average number of beds occupied per day due to delayed discharges was 1,458.  In January, the daily average was 1,415. The most up to date estimated cost of each delay is £234.

Commenting on the figures, Labour MSP for the Lothian Region, Kezia Dugdale MSP said:

“It’s astonishing that almost 90% of all bed blocking cases in Edinburgh are due to the lack of an appropriate social care package being put in place, meaning the number of people being left stuck in hospital despite being medically fit to leave has gone up yet again.

“The Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board, who have responsibility for social care in the city have been warning for some time that they are already struggling to provide services to those already in the system, and today’s figures show that further cuts and underinvestment in their budget is only set to make things considerably worse.

“The SNP Government have promised to end delayed discharge, however, by continuing to pass on cuts to social care services all they are doing is pushing cases of bed blocking in Edinburgh towards breaking point”


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