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NHS Board Chairmen (Meetings)
Scottish Executive Question Time — Health and Wellbeing
Nicola Sturgeon (Scottish National Party)
Claire Baker is right to raise that important issue. I take the view—which is shared across the chamber—that delayed discharges are not acceptable. NHS Fife and Fife Council have been working hard to deal with the issue. They have recently invested additional resources to tackle the issue, but more needs to be done. I put on record the fact that they, jointly, in partnership, need to do more. The Minister for Public Health and Sport will meet both the council and the NHS board next week and will make it absolutely clear to them that we expect them to work in partnership and do what requires to be done to ensure that people are not being unnecessarily delayed in hospital.