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

Professor Russell Viner, the president of the

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said that the Scottish Government is

“certainly moving in the right direction” by

“tackling child poverty and obesity. However, despite recommending a Scotland-wide child death review process to be implemented over four years ago, this is yet to ... be established.”

I welcome the 32 per cent reduction in deaths that the cabinet secretary has just mentioned and the new hub. Does she agree that the delay over the past four years implies that avoidable child deaths are not getting the priority that they deserve? How will she convince parents and others that the Scottish Government is urgently addressing this matter?