To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to resolve the growing problem of bed-blocking in Scotland’s hospitals and what resources it intends to make available.
The Scottish Executive is committed to ensuring that Health Boards in Scotland continue to work with their local authority partners in addressing all avenues, including financial, to reduce delays in discharge from NHS care.
Over and above the £800 million available to local authorities for community care this year, the NHS makes substantial transfers of resources to local authorities for community care. These totalled nearly £120 million in 1998-99. It is our intention that additional resources will transfer this year.