Hospital-acquired Infection Rates (Reporting)

Question Time — Scottish Executive — Health and Wellbeing – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 4th December 2008.

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Photo of Wendy Alexander Wendy Alexander Labour 2:15 pm, 4th December 2008

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will introduce regular reporting on hospital-acquired infection rates and, if so, whether the reports will be broken down by hospital. (S3O-5063)

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

Yes, we will, and yes, they will be. We will introduce a common reporting template for all national health service boards to use from January 2009. Boards will be required to report on local performance, hospital by hospital, on key indicators such as MRSA, Clostridium difficile, hand hygiene, cleaning and the causes of adverse incidents to their bimonthly open board meetings. That information will be transparent and public and it is a vital part of our plans for local reporting systems.

Photo of Wendy Alexander Wendy Alexander Labour

I have no doubt that reports to bimonthly health board meetings will be welcome. Will the public be able to monitor online the performance of hospitals? The public can look at information online in their own time and at their leisure.

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

Information that is made public is normally able to be monitored by the public. I assure Wendy Alexander that, as with other information from NHS board meetings, the reports will be available online. I am glad that she welcomes the reform and I hope that she welcomes the other substantial reforms that we are making to the monitoring, control and prevention of infection in our hospitals. I like to think that every member will come together to agree that that is a top priority.