PATIENTS are waiting up to 18 months to leave hospital after being found medically fit to go home, new figures have revealed.
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton branded the extent of so-called bed-blocking “absurd.”
There are currently patients waiting 618 days in the Borders and 274 days in Grampian, according to data gathered by the party.
Mr Cole-Hamilton said: “We know that when patients are trapped in hospital, their condition is more likely to worsen and opportunities to rebuild their lives are lost.”
A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “Delayed discharges continue to decrease across Scotland and last year there was a 7% reduction in the number of days lost to delayed releases.”
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