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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20506: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many hospital deaths have been prevented since 2014 as a result of the patient safety programme.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 8 January 2019

NHS Information Services Division (ISD) of National Services Scotland produces quarterly hospital standardised mortality ratios (HSMR) for all Scottish hospitals participating in the Scottish Patient Safety Programme. The calculation takes account of patients who died within 30 days from hospital admission. This means that the HSMR also includes deaths that occur outside hospital.

Figures published on Tuesday 13 November 2018 by ISD show that HSMR at Scotland level has decreased by 11.2% since the first quarter of 2014.

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme is one of a number of factors over the last 10 years that have contributed to this reduction. ISD's report makes clear that other possible contributory factors include: reductions in underlying population-based mortality; improvements in the quality of care and treatment; increases in available medical treatments and risk factor improvements; and completeness/accuracy of hospital discharge summaries.