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Health Secretary comments on latest monthly figures
Commenting on delayed discharge statistics published today, Health Secretary Shona Robison said:
"The Scottish Government has been clear that tackling delayed discharge is one of our key priorities for the health service. In January we announced a £100 million investment over three years to help local integration partnerships tackle the issue of delayed discharge.
"Significant progress has been made since then, with the number of bed days occupied by a delayed discharge patient falling by nearly 10,000 between December last year and July this year. Month-on-month comparisons also show that delayed discharge levels are much lower than this time last year.
"I am clear that more still needs to be done to reduce delayed discharge rates even further and I urge local partnerships to work together to redouble their efforts to reduce delayed discharge – particularly as we head towards winter.
"We're working closely with specific health boards and local authorities with high rates of delayed discharge – particularly Lothian, Fife and Grampian - who face historic challenges with social care provision and recruitment. Through our three-year delayed discharge investment package we are empowering NHS and local authority partnerships to invest in additional social care and intermediate care services capacity.
"I will be announcing further details about how health boards plan to spend additional winter funding later in the week."
Delayed discharge statistics are published by ISD Scotland on their website: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Health-and-Social-Community-Care/Publications/index.asp#1473