Child Death Review Process

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

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Photo of Jeane Freeman Jeane Freeman Scottish National Party

Mr Gibson is right that the number of avoidable deaths among infants and children is proportionately higher in Scotland than elsewhere in the UK. However, it is important to note that, since 2008, there has been a 32 per cent reduction in the number of child deaths under the age of 18 in Scotland.

I agree that minimising avoidable child deaths should be a priority for the Government, and it is. We are committed to driving down the rate of child deaths in Scotland by learning from the child death review process and working with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to ensure that we get the process right and, most important, that we apply the learning across the whole of our health service.