The number of falls and bed sores recorded in Scotland's hospitals has increased since the Covid pandemic, new data shows.
NHS staffing pressures and the deconditioning effect of the Covid lockdown creating more frail patients are being blamed for the rise.
The Scottish government paused work on a national prevention strategy for falls when the pandemic started. The strategy has now been shelved and experts argue this is a mistake.
Figures released by NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) show that in 2018-19 - the last full year before the Covid pandemic - a total of 26,489