Campaigners have urged the Scottish Government to act on bed blocking after figures revealed it has risen by 10% in a year.
The Scottish Government has been urged to take urgent action to address bed-blocking after it emerged the problem cost health boards in the north and north-east £23 million last year.
Nearly 200 north-east residents have died while waiting to leave hospital.
New figures have highlighted that bed-blocking cases have significantly dropped across the north-east this year.
Shock new figures have revealed that 16 people needlessly languishing in north-east hospitals died over a five week period.
Health Secretary Shona Robison has been criticised after she admitted she was unaware that a Highland woman was trapped in hospital for nearly a year.
Shock new figures have revealed nearly 100 people needlessly languishing in Highland hospitals died before they could be released.