Western Isles Alasdair Allan, has today (Tuesday) welcomed an investment of £640,000 by the Scottish Government to tackle the problem of delayed discharges from island hospitals.
The problem of delayed discharges at the Western Isles Hosptial in Stornoway was highlighted in Gazette last week.
The new funding is part of a wider package of £100 million being spent in tackling this problem across Scotland.
Alasdair Allan commented: “Throughout Scotland the Scottish Government has recognised the need to work with Health Boards and Local Authorities to address the issue of delayed discharge. Nobody wants to have to stay long term on a hospital ward, however caring the staff there are.
“It is particularly in the interests of older people that they get home, or if they need to get into residential accommodation, rather than be left for any longer than they need to in a hospital situation. This money is designed to ensure that fewer people have to stay in hospital wards simply because a care package is not in place to allow them home.
“I look forward to working with both the Health Board and the Comhairle in seeing how best this money can now be invested locally to overcome the problem which undoubtedly exists here.”