Decrease in delayed discharges from hospital, figures and calculations: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/03348  
Date received: 9 November 2018 
Date responded: 10 December 2018
Information requested
At FMQ in Holyrood yesterday the FM stated in the official report "There has been a decrease of 37 per cent in delayed discharge since 2006"
Please provide:
  1. A link to the ISD official statistics publications that were used to calculate the 37% reduction 2006 to 2018.
  2. The exact figures used in 2006, and the current year, to calculate this 37% reduction, and how the calculation was completed to arrive at a 37% reduction.
1. The recording of bed days lost to delay only began in 2012. Figures prior to that date are broad estimates based on the snapshot census data.

2. In 2014/15 a total of 623,438 bed days were lost to delayed discharges. Based on the attached calculations paper we estimated that in 2006 there were an additional 170,465 bed days lost – approximately 790,000 bed days in total. Comparing this figure with the total of 494,123 bed days lost in 2017/18 produces the decrease of 37%.
3. The attached paper also includes a link to the officials ISD statistics used in the calculations.
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