Fife Hospitals (Safety)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 20th June 2019.

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Photo of Alexander Stewart Alexander Stewart Conservative

5. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle safety concerns in Fife hospitals. (S5O-03417)

Photo of Jeane Freeman Jeane Freeman Scottish National Party

The safety of NHS Scotland’s patients and staff is a key priority for the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government introduced a range of measures to protect and improve patient safety, including the Scottish patient safety programme, which was launched in 2008. The Scottish patient safety programme has contributed to the effectiveness of NHS Fife, with, for example, a fall of 9.8 per cent in hospital standardised mortality ratios, a fall in cardiac arrests and a reduction in falls over a period of six years.

Photo of Alexander Stewart Alexander Stewart Conservative

I thank the cabinet secretary for that response.

However, during a recent unannounced inspection visit to Glenrothes hospital,

Healthcare Improvement Scotland uncovered a number of concerning issues, including contaminated equipment, used waste and sharps being stored in accessible areas and inappropriate monitoring of water safety associated with legionella. What action will the Scottish Government take to restore patient trust in that hospital?

Photo of Jeane Freeman Jeane Freeman Scottish National Party

That is precisely why those inspections are so important and why they are undertaken. In fairness to Glenrothes hospital, the inspection report also found a number of areas in which the hospital was satisfactory—it is only fair that we note that in the chamber. Following the report, the board is required to produce an action plan of the specific actions that it will undertake. It has done that, and I am happy to ensure that Mr Stewart sees a copy of it. HIS will go back and report again on the actions. My officials will keep the situation under constant review. If there are matters that require my intervention, I hope that Mr Stewart is assured that I will intervene.