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Improvements in Scottish hospital safety

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Recent figures released by the Scottish Government have shown a 12.4% drop in hospital mortality following the introduction of the world-leading Scottish Patient Safety Programme in 2008.

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Alex Neil, said:

“It’s good to hear about the measures that staff have put in place. They are small changes, but they make a big difference — and they save lives.

“Our NHS should be rightly proud of what has been achieved.

“It’s because of success like this that we have decided to expand the safety programme to maternity units and mental health services. I know that there is some hard work ahead for NHS staff, but I am confident that they will rise to this challenge.”

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme was launched in January 2008 as a five year programme. Its primary aim was to reduce mortality in Scotland’s acute hospitals by the end of 2012.

In June 2012, the Scottish Government announced a three-year extension of the Programme, which set a new aim to reduce Scotland’s Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio by 20% and that 95% of patients will suffer no avoidable harm by the end of 2015.

Measures put in place as part of the national programme include: a safety checklist to be completed before operations take place, more ward rounds, double-checking medicines and an early warning system for critically ill patients.

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