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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

Reduction in Unexpected Hospital Deaths saves 9,750 Lives in Scotland

By next month, the SNP Government will have achieved its aim to reduce hospital standardised mortality by 10% since January to March 2014, which is 15 months earlier than planned.

Hospital Standard Mortality Ratios (HSMRs) assess hospital safety by dividing the number of recorded deaths occurring in hospital or within 30 days after a hospital stay, compared to the predicted number of deaths based on the risk of dying applied to different hospitals.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman MSP said:

“Our world leading Scottish Patient Safety Programme continues to have a significant impact on the quality and safety of patient care, with these figures showing we have reduced unexpected hospital deaths by 11.2% - saving 9,750 lives since the first quarter of 2014. This has allowed thousands more people to continue to live as full a life as possible with family and friends.

“Our ongoing progress is testament to the hard work of thousands of staff across the country at a time when our NHS is treating more people, with more complex needs.

“This programme continues to improve the safety of healthcare wherever it is delivered, ensuring better outcomes for some of our most vulnerable people.”

Kenneth Gibson MSP added:

“This is very heartening news and I congratulate the dedicated and hard-working staff at NHS Ayrshire and Arran for their dedication and commitment to saving lives. The last quarter has seen a reduction in the HSMR in Ayrshire and Arran from 0.93 in early 2014 to 0.77 now, compared to a decrease from 0.94 to 0.81 across Scotland, which is a fantastic achievement.

“I also commend Healthcare Improvement Scotland, who manage the Scottish Patient Safety Programme on behalf of the SNP Government, on this ongoing success.

“Particularly against the backdrop of an ageing population it is vitally important that we reduce risks and increase patient safety to the highest possible level.”



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