11 June 2015
North East MSP Richard Baker today highlighted official figures that show the pressure on treating older people in the Grampian region.
The Scottish Health and Wellbeing profiles show that the percentage of over 65s being treated at home post two periods of hospitalisation is significantly worse than the national average.
This statistic allied to high levels of bed blocking cause huge problems for the health service and show that more investment is needed in health and social care from the Scottish Government.
The MSP also said that the recent issues at ARI showed an NHS in crisis which affects older people proportionately more than the rest of the population.
Mr Baker said the difficulty in getting GP appointments, long waits in A&E and delayed discharge were unfair on pensioners in particular and that older people 'had been failed' by the SNP.
Mr Baker said :
“The crisis in the NHS is hitting older people even harder that the overall population. Older people are more likely to use NHS services from GP's and primary care to acute and social care.
“All of these services have been chronically underfunded by the SNP and older people have been failed by this Government.
“These figures show that too few older people with complex care needs are being able to access care at home which is bad for the NHS and bad for patients too.
"The merger of health and social care needs to be backed by significant new money.
“Labour introduced free personal care for our older people but the systematic underfunding by government has put services under huge pressure.
“The number of older people
in Aberdeen is due to grow
in the coming years and
without proper investment
the current crisis will turn
into a disaster.”