Loss of 398 local hospital beds a wake-up call for SNP


Local MP Jo Swinson has challenged the SNP Government over its poor record on Scotland’s NHS as figures showed Health Boards have lost over 1,000 beds in just three years.

From 2011-2014, nearly 400 beds were lost in hospitals across Glasgow that are used by local people. The number of available beds in the area has fallen below 6,000, and Greater Glasgow and Clyde has seen the biggest drop of all Scottish Health Boards. 

Health campaigners and professionals have ramped up their warnings over the state of Scotland’s hospitals. Many face chronic shortages of staff and capacity issues. 

Jo said: 

“The SNP Government spent so long campaigning for independence that they took their eye off the ball on the health service. These figures show in black and white that as a result, over 1,000 beds have been lost from Scotland’s hospitals in the space of just two years. 

“The figures for hospitals in Glasgow will be very worrying for local people. Our NHS is already fully stretched and the SNP’s mismanagement is not inspiring confidence. It’s time they stopped obsessing about independence and dealt with pressing issues in our health service. The Liberal Democrats will be keeping up the pressure on the SNP to give our NHS the support is so badly needs.” 

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Notes to editors 

Number of Beds ISD figures (Scottish Health Service Costs, year ended 31st March 2014 )

Health Board

Beds

 
 

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

Beds lost/gained

NHS Ayrshire and Arran

1742

1658

1547

-195

NHS Borders

515

434

432

-83

NHS Dumfries and Galloway

684

640

640

-44

NHS Fife

1476

1359

1303

-173

NHS Forth Valley

1041

1027

1030

-11

NHS Grampian

2405

2358

2269

-136

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

6375

6158

5977

-398

NHS Highland

1224

1186

1170

-54

NHS Lanarkshire

2118

2042

2088

-30

NHS Lothian

3591

3621

3585

-6

NHS Orkney

53

48

48

-5

NHS Shetland

84

65

62

-22

NHS Tayside

1962

1973

1940

-22

NHS Western Isles

136

126

141

5

Total

23406

22695

22232

-1174

The average number of available staffed beds in acute specialties was recorded as 16,315 in the financial year 2013/14. This is a reduction of 7.1% from 17,559 beds in 2004/05. 

The total number of hospital discharge episodes from acute specialties in 2013/14 was 1,524,917; an increase of 22.9% from 1,240,311 in 2004/05

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In 2013/14 there were 554,893 non-routine (emergency) inpatient discharges; an increase of 15.3% from 481,260 in 2004/05. 

 

During the quarter July to September 2014, 154,588 bed days were occupied by delayed discharge patients. This compares with 149,226 during the quarter April to June 2014 and 126,531 during the quarter July to September 2013.


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