Scottish Hospitals Suffer from Bed-blocking

27 August 2009 (Last Updated August 27th, 2009 18:30)

Hospitals in Scotland continue to suffer from bed-blocking or delayed discharge of patients, according to the latest government figures. It was discovered that 55 patients had remained in hospitals six weeks after their discharge planning period. The news come as a blow to th

Hospitals in Scotland continue to suffer from bed-blocking or delayed discharge of patients, according to the latest government figures.

It was discovered that 55 patients had remained in hospitals six weeks after their discharge planning period.

The news come as a blow to the Scottish Government as bed-blocking adds pressure to hospital resources as well as increasing the spread of infections for patients during unnecessary hospital stays.