Dozens of North-east hospital beds are being “blocked” at any one time, new figures suggest.
According to Scottish Labour, an average of 62 beds in Aberdeen were occupied when they did not need to be during 2015/16, compared with the national average of 43.
The figure for Aberdeenshire was 47.
Labour has called the system “unsustainable” and has accused the SNP of breaking a promise to cut bed blocking – delayed discharges when care is not available for the person leaving hospital.
Labour’s social care spokesman Colin Smyth said: “The SNP promised to abolish delayed discharge.
“Instead it has cost our health service more than £100 million in the past year.
“The system is unsustainable.
“The SNP government cannot continue to slash the budgets of local services that people rely on and not expect it to have a knock-on effect to our health service.”
Each local authority has formed a health and social care partnership – an alliance between councils and health authorities to tackle problems like bed blocking.
Mr Smyth said part of the problem was the Scottish Government “slashing” their budgets and causing delays in care assessments.
Aberdeen South MP Ross Thomson, of the Conservatives, shared this view, saying: “What it looks like to me is that the underfunding of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire health and social care partnerships is making it harder for them to have enough beds in social care.”
Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “This year, almost £0.5 billion of additional investment will go into social care and integration while the health revenue budget will increase by almost £2bn by 2021.
“I welcome the progress health and social care teams are making, with the most recent figures from August showing the number of bed days lost to all delays was 8% lower than August last year.
“The number of people delayed over three days due to delays in health and social care also fell by 10% compared to last August.”