Date lodged: 21 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it has issued regarding holding a morbidity and mortality conference when a person dies while being treated in an NHS hospital, and whether this contains a timeframe that indicates when these conferences should (a) begin and (b) conclude.
Answered by: Shona Robison 30 September 2016
A Morbidity and Mortality Practice Guide for clinicians and health professionals is being developed jointly with NHS Education for Scotland and Health Improvement Scotland which will address governance processes across all specialties and will be consulted on during autumn 2016. This includes a proposed time frame for cases to be reviewed, from event to discussion and sharing of learning, of six weeks; however these timeframes are indicative. The draft guide also includes timelines for resultant improvement actions based on best practice.