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17/12/13 10:01

Acute Hospital Activity

Treating more people than ever before.

Health Secretary Alex Neil said:

“These figures show that the NHS in Scotland is treating more people than ever before, with an increase of three per cent acute inpatient and day case discharges in the quarter ending September 2013, when compared to the same quarter last year. The number of outpatient attendances has also increased by two per cent over the last year.

“Scotland’s NHS is constantly evolving to ensure it meets the demands of our changing population – not least the vast increase in numbers of people living longer lives.

“Today’s figures reflect the progress that has been made in coping with an ageing population, with the rate of emergency bed days per 1,000 patients aged 75 and over reducing by 9.5 per cent over the past three years.

“In 2013/14, health boards across Scotland are investing over £67 million in additional staff and theatre capacity to be able to treat more patients than ever, and the £50 milion unscheduled care programme is transforming the way people access services for emergency treatment.”