Stroke Patients (NHS Fife)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 17 March 2011.

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I agree with Marilyn Livingstone that it is important that we avoid beds being taken up by people who are ready for discharge. That is why we have taken a strong national position on delayed discharge and why we have established the £70 million change fund to make the necessary fundamental changes. It is also why, in the past six weeks, I have twice met the leader of Fife Council and the chair of the health board to ensure that progress is made in Fife. They have been meeting weekly to monitor the improvements that have brought the number down to single figures.

I acknowledge Marilyn Livingstone’s interest in the subject. She came to a meeting with me to hear more about the work that needed to be done and I am happy to keep her informed of the progress that is being made in Fife. It is important that people have access to the beds that they need.