Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson challenges SNP to do more on delayed discharging

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has called on the SNP Government to do more to end the problem of delayed discharge across NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP’s call comes after new figures highlighted the number of bed days lost in November 2019 compared to the same position in 2018.

The figures from ISD Scotland highlights that 1,801 bed days were lost in NHS Dumfries and Galloway in November 2019, compared with 1,283 at the same month in 2018.

Mr Carson says that the SNP Government must do more to support care packages in the community across his rural constituency, to finally end delayed discharging, which they had promised to eradicate in 2015.

Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “delayed discharge or “bed blocking”  is of no fault of our hardworking NHS staff who do a terrific job day in day out that.

“However, more needs to be done to eradicate the problem across our health service in NHS Dumfries and Galloway where it is clearly becoming even more of a burden.

“Our rural health services, including vital care in the community packages, must have equity of funding when compared to urban health boards.

“By having the proper funding and resources then we would hope to see a reduction in those bed days lost in our hospitals, which places even greater pressure on our hardworking staff.

“These figures need to be a wake-up call to the SNP who have failed to eradicate delayed discharge, since first promising to do five years ago.”