Listen: Brian Sloan on BBC Radio Scotland talking about delayed discharge death figures
Published on 12 September 2019 07:00 PM
Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive programme (Thursday 12th September), Age Scotland Chief Executive Brian Sloan branded new figures showing almost 500 people died in Scottish hospitals while waiting to be discharged last year as tragic.
Age Scotland have said urgent action is needed to tackle the growing problem of delayed discharges and an over-stretched social care system.
A Freedom of Information request by the charity revealed that 474 patients, mainly older people, died in hospital after their discharge was delayed. The vast majority (423) were waiting for health and social care packages to be put in place.
BBC Radio Scotland: Delayed discharge deaths
It’s tragic that hundreds of Scottish people died while stuck in hospital last year, instead of in their home or community. These are people who were well enough to be discharged, but most were delayed because the social care they needed was not available.