Scotland may be heading for another winter crisis as bed blocking has reached 10 per cent of total capacity in some areas.

For the first time, trusts have been asked to submit details of their delayed-discharge figures to the Scottish Executive. These will be posted on a website by the government.

Advance reports suggest the first figures will show that trusts are reporting bed blocking of between 4 per cent and 10 per cent of capacity.

Lothian University Hospitals trust is expected to report the worst figures. Up to 200 of its 2,000 beds are taken by patients who could be moved to residential or nursing home care.

Scottish health minister Susan Deacon set up a taskforce this summer to look at ways of preventing another winter crisis and£212m has been put into the system to deal with expected problems.

Conservative health spokeswoman Mary Scanlon said the problem was the absence of an 'incentive to social services to unblock these beds'.

Her SNP counterpart Nicola Sturgeon said she doubted whether there had been sufficient preparation for the winter.

One NHS manager said: 'The idea of partnership between social services and the NHS is right but it is still not working as it should.

'Beds are still being used by people who could easily be transferred to residential or nursing care if a proper system was in place.'

Donald McNeill, secretary of the Institute of Healthcare Management in Scotland, said: 'It takes time for health and social services to work together and there will be areas where they aren't quite 'in sync' with one another.

'But I believe we are making tremendous steps toward improving communication and that with trusts speaking directly to social services the situation will improve significantly in the future.'