The Western Isles Health Board spent over £1.6 million keeping patients in hospital last year despite them being fit to go home.

Figures published by ISD Scotland and revealed by the Western Isles Labour Party more than 500,000 lost bed days throughout Scotland in 2018.

The estimated cost of each day of delay is £234 – at 7,054 lost bed days the Western Isles is proportionately one of the highest contributors.

Western Isles Labour candidate, Alison MacCorquodale, said: "The failure to end delayed discharges from our hospitals is due to an underfunding of social care.  The SNP-Green budget, which cuts a further £230.7million from council funding, will only make the situation worse.

“Cash-strapped health boards like our own here in the Western Isles are spending millions keeping people in hospital when they don’t need to be there.

“This is largely down to the crisis in social care, which in the Western Isles also includes the difficulty in attracting staff because of low rates of pay and the pressures which under-funding creates.

“Labour is proposing a National Care Workers Guarantee with a commitment to secure hours, a living wage and reimbursement for travel and training time. 

"It is clear from these figures that keeping people in hospital when they could be at home makes no sense for the patient, the NHS or the taxpayer”.

Health Board

Bed days lost

 2018 total cost

Scotland

                     514,851

 £120,475,134

Ayrshire and Arran

                       41,128

 £9,623,952

Borders

                       12,951

 £3,030,534

Dumfries and Galloway

                       14,030

 £3,283,020

Fife

                       28,427

 £6,651,918

Forth Valley

                       30,821

 £7,212,114

Grampian

                       45,434

 £10,631,556

Greater Glasgow and Clyde

                       64,034

 £14,983,956

Highland

                       44,139

 £10,328,526

Lanarkshire

                       63,921

 £14,957,514

Lothian

                     131,011

 £30,656,574

Orkney

                           190

 £44,460

Shetland

                         1,382

 £323,388

Tayside

                       30,329

 £7,096,986

Western Isles

                         7,054

 £1,650,636

 

 

Data Available from ISD: https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Health-and-Social-Community-Care/Publications/data-tables2017.asp?id=2346#2346

 

ISD Scotland estimates the average cost for the average cost of each delay. As of 2016/17 this was £234 - http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Health-and-Social-Community-Care/Publications/2018-09-11/2018-09-11-DelayedDischarges-Annual-Report.pdf?