Date lodged: 3 August 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its assessment is of a BBC investigation that highlighted that three NHS boards had patients who waited more than three years to be discharged from acute mental health units.
Answered by: Shona Robison 29 August 2017
The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that no-one is inappropriately delayed in hospital and we continue to drive improvements through local Integration Authorities.
However, the long delays highlighted by the BBC are not awaiting mainstream care and accommodation, but are extremely complex cases with very specialist needs that require specialist facilities or specific, often new-built accommodation that takes a considerable time to design, commission and arrange. Furthermore, the vast majority of these patients are not delayed within acute settings, as reported by the BBC.
Officials are currently working with a collaboration of housing and care providers to test community living solutions for people with complex needs. Following a commitment in the Keys to Life Implementation Framework, a two year project is also underway to consider models of support for people with learning disabilities with complex needs who are currently living in out-of-area placements, or delayed in hospital.