National Health Service (Discharge and Care Plans)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 25th October 2018.

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Photo of Peter Chapman Peter Chapman Conservative

How many patients does NHS Grampian discharge before a necessary care plan is put in place?

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

I am happy to have the health secretary write to the member with the detail that he is looking for, as I do not have that detail to hand.

Nobody should be discharged before it is safe for them to be discharged and before the necessary care plans are in place. I know that all health boards and increasingly, of course, integration joint boards work very hard to make sure that that is the case. As we have seen over the past few years, the number of delayed discharges is coming down overall and we have health and social care services working more closely together to make sure that people have the clear plans that they need.

I will make sure that the specific detail is provided to the member.