Child Death Review Process

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 26th February 2019.

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Photo of Kenneth Gibson Kenneth Gibson Scottish National Party

As the cabinet secretary will be aware, the number of avoidable deaths among infants and children is proportionately higher in Scotland than elsewhere in the United Kingdom. The 2017 figures include victims of violence and accidents, and birth defects, sometimes linked to smoking and alcohol. Does she agree that, for the parents and those closest to the children who have died, it can be particularly traumatic to consider a death to have been avoidable, and therefore that minimising such fatalities must be an absolute priority?