In October 2022, the average number of beds occupied per day due to delayed discharges was 1,898.
In March 2023, the latest figures, it was 1 743, a 9% fall in only 6 months.
This is the lowest figure since May 2022.
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Delayed discharge is a long term problem, no doubt in England it will be much worse.
If a person, and they are usually older and often very frail, cannot look after themselves at home, they have to be allocated support by social services, or go into a care home. There are not enough places in care homes, and private ones are too expensive for most people. I heard recently that there aren’t enough social workers so other staff from social care are having to be drafted in to fill the gap, partly due to Covid, and of course Brexit. Scotland’s doing damn well to keep delayed discharges down, because any problem in the social care sector impacts on that, and the NHS cannot allow vulnerable people to go home unless the proper care is in place. This is also where family carers are a huge asset and should be valued more. The UkEngGov recently raised carers allowance by a few £’s but promptly removed most of that from other ‘benefits’, as usual. The Scottish government award unpaid carers a wee top up or £400+ a year, it could be much more if Scotland’s finances were not controlled by the right wing government next door, but that goes for pretty much everything else in Scotland.
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