Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson questions First Minister on Hospital Discharge

FMQ 90217


Galloway & West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has questioned the First Minister on what steps the Scottish Government is taking to reduce the number of delayed discharges from hospitals.

Delayed discharge, also referred to as ‘bed blocking’ is when is a hospital patient who is clinically ready for discharge from hospital care continues to occupy a hospital bed.

The latest figures from the Information Services Division (ISD), part of NHS Scotland, revealed that in November 2016 45,639 days were spent in hospital by people who were fit to leave, an increase on July 2016 of nearly 4%.

Speaking during First Minister’s Questions today, Finlay said:

“The Cabinet Secretary, Shona Robinson, promised to eradicate bed blocking two years ago, but the latest statistics show that in November 2016 over 45,500 days were spent in hospital by people who were fit to leave.

“Last month it was revealed that nearly 700 people died in Scotland’s hospitals while waiting to be discharged and this weekend we heard that one patient in Dumfries and Galloway was stuck in hospital for 508 days awaiting discharge.

“Does the First Minister accept responsibility for this dismal record and will she accept that more needs to be done to prevent vulnerable people being stranded in hospital?”