Lothian Delayed Discharges Double: MSP Urges Action

Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian, is renewing her call for the Scottish Government to step up its response to the problem of delayed discharges in the region’s hospitals.


New figures show the number of patients having to wait longer than four weeks to be discharged from hospitals in Lothian has more than doubled in a year. In July this year there were 83 such patients, compared to 39 in April and 37 in July last year.

Alison Johnstone raised the issue of delayed discharges with Health Secretary Alex Neil in parliament earlier this year.

Commenting on the latest figures Alison said:

“While I appreciate we won’t see a solution overnight it’s a real concern that these figures aren’t improving. I have raised the issue with the health secretary, and I’m aware of some distressing and frustrating situations in Lothian region affecting elderly people and their families.

“The Scottish Government and local authorities must step up their action to ensure patients who are ready to be looked after out of hospital aren’t left waiting. We must ensure adequate care home places and care-at-home packages so that people are treated with respect and that our health service resources are being used to best effect.”


Exchange between Alison Johnstone and Alex Neil in the chamber, 21 May

Delayed Discharges tables and charts