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S5O-00407: Iain Gray (East Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the recent BBC Scotland investigation into maternity hospitals.

Answered by: Shona Robison 30 November 2016

The safety of expectant mothers and their babies is of paramount importance and will remain so and we are working to ensure that Scotland is as safe a place as possible for mothers to give birth. To achieve this, Healthcare Improvement Scotland has led in the development of a national approach to learning from adverse events and is driving implementation through the Scottish Patient Safety Programme. There is also a range of activity underway in maternity and neonatal services aimed at continuous improvement in services, including our Maternal and Children's Quality Improvement Collaborative, part of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme, and the Scottish Government’s Stillbirth and Bereavement Group. The impact of this activity, and the hard work of maternity, neonatal and paediatric staff, has seen the number of stillbirths reduced by 18% in four years - that is 88 more babies saved through preventing stillbirth in 2015 compared to 2011, we have also seen reductions in neonatal and maternal deaths over the same period. However we are not complacent, and I expect to receive shortly the report of the Review of Maternity and Neonatal Services. The review will make recommendations on further improvements that can be made to ensure we have a model of care that delivers high quality and safe services.