Scottish Labour's health spokesman Anas Sarwar added that the bed-blocking
stats were the result of a "complete and utter shambles by the SNP".
There were 55,332 cases of bed-blocking
OPINION: PAGE 48 BED-BLOCKING
CASES IN THE LAST THREE YEARS HEALTH BOARD 2008/9 2009/10 2010/11 Total Abertawe Bro Morgannwg 15,717 10,816 13,292 39,825 Aneurin Bevan 37,159 21,014 19,290 77,463 Betsi Cadwaladr 13,478 12,949 14,793 41,220 Cardiff and Vale 37,902 28,398 30,054 96,354 Cwm Taf 27,023 36,682 71,726 135,431 Hwyel Dda 4,285 10,609 12,173 27,067 Powys 15,262 18,142 12,755 46,159 Total 150,826 138,610 174,083 463,519 LONGEST CONTINUAL DELAYED TRANSFER OF CARES IN DAYS HEALTH BOARD 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 Abertawe Bro Morgannwg 241 488 375 Aneurin Bevan 371 220 308 Betsi Cadwaladr 586 636 653 Cardiff and Vale 364 301 273 Cwm Taf 205 435 400 Hwyel Dda 197 272 205 Powys 365 302 350
There are a handful of examples across the country where the law has been used by hospitals in cases of bed-blocking
, but health chiefs said it only happens when a care home place has been offered, but the patient's family refuse to accept it.
, also called delayed discharges, is when healthy and mainly elderly patients are stuck for months in a hospital bed because social services has nowhere for them to go, or has not arranged a care package.
A spokesman for Durham County Council, which is closing 17 of its own residential and nursing homes and hiring beds from the private sector and building six new homes, said bed-blocking
was "not a problem.
Health Secretary Alan Milburn wants the penalty system to become law next year in a bid to solve the bed-blocking
crisis which is keeping NHS waiting lists high.
Labour highlighted the shocking figures as they accused Nicola Sturgeon of failing to get to grips with the NHS bed-blocking
is when a patient is judged clinically ready to go home but continues to occupy a hospital bed while plans are made for appropriate follow-up care.
Back in March, when Llangollen and Flint hospitals were closed, we warned that a lack of spare capacity and losing community facilities without adequately replacing them would create bed-blocking
in district general hospitals such as Wrexham Maelor.
THE problem of bed-blocking
in Wales' hospitals never goes away.
TWO children were forced to stay in Birmingham Children's Hospital unnecessarily for more than four years between them, it emerged in the bed-blocking