Number of hospital beds falls to 16,000
The Scottish Government has come under attack after the number of hospital beds fell to just over 16,000.
The latest figures showed that for the three months ending in September, there were 16,091 staffed beds in acute specialities. That is down from 16,335 for the same period last year and compares with 16,876 beds for the quarter ending June 2010.
Labour health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie said: “Despite the SNP promises to protect the NHS budget and not to centralise services, we’ve seen the number of hospital beds cut by almost 1,500 since they took power in 2007. That’s almost six beds every week the SNP have been in government and the rate is increasing, with almost 230 beds cut in the three months to September.
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