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

I am grateful to Mr Gibson for that important supplementary question, and I understand why people are frustrated at what they feel has been too long a time before the process is fully in place. It is a priority for me and for the Government. We will launch in full in a month’s time. We will continue to update the Parliament on that process. It really does matter.

Over the past 10 years, we have seen a 32 per cent reduction in the number of child deaths under 18, a 28 per cent reduction in neonatal mortality and a 25 per cent reduction in the number of stillbirths.

Nonetheless, there is more that we need to do. We are working to establish the hub and to run the pilot processes in a staged way so that learning can be replicated across our boards. We will keep a close eye on the process and, as we make progress in the course of this calendar year, we will update the Parliament in order to reassure people that it really is a priority for the Government.