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Local MSP, Jackie Baillie has revealed that patients in Greater Glasgow and Clyde spent 67,852 days delayed in hospital unnecessarily in 2018/19.

The cost of delayed discharge in health boards across Scotland in 2018/19 is estimated to be around £130 million, with patients over 75 years old worst affected.

In Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the estimated cost for 2018/19 was £16,827,296 – with an average bed day cost of £248.

Reasons given for delays include patients awaiting completion of care arrangements.

Funding, transport, patient and family reasons were also cited in the ISD Scotland report as contributing factors in delays.

Jackie said:

“It is unacceptable that patients are being so badly failed by the SNP Government.

“In the most extreme cases, patients who should have been discharged from hospital are dying there while waiting for social care they never receive.

“The number of patients experiencing delayed discharge is increasing despite the SNP promising that they would abolish delayed discharge completely. It is clear that the SNP Government need to properly fund social care services or the problem will continue.”

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