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Two Scottish hospitals face review over mortality rates

An assessment of patient safety is to be undertaken at hospitals in Lanarkshire, following higher than expected mortality rates.

Latest figures have shown that two hospitals – Monklands and Wishaw – in NHS Lanarkshire have had high hospital standardised mortality ratios (HSMR) over the last three months.

As a result, NHS Scotland clinical director Professor Jason Leitch has asked Healthcare Improvement Scotland to work with NHS Lanarkshire to examine their approach to patient safety.

Although Monklands and Wishaw have been identified as having an above average HSMR rate, the assessment will look at Monklands, Wishaw and Hairmyres hospitals.

Professor Leitch said: “Although a high HSMR is not by itself a definitive measure of the quality and safety of care, it serves as an important prompt for further investigation.”

He said NHS Lanarkshire was already working on patient safety action plan but the “rapid assessment” by Healthcare Improvement Scotland would “see if the improvement measures in place can be strengthened and accelerated”.

Robbie Pearson, Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s director of scrutiny and assurance, said: “We will carry out a rigorous and independent review of NHS Lanarkshire.”

NHS Lanarkshire medical director Dr Iain Wallace added: “Our priority is for patients to receive the highest quality of care every time and we have a clear focus on the provision of safe and effective patient care.”

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Readers' comments (2)

  • Where there is smoke, there is fire

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  • Hmmm. Well, if we are going to jump to conclusions and assume there is a fire, then perhaps we should look for the seat of the assumed fire. Let's have a review and some competent analysis of all factors; including deprivation stats, availability (or not) and quality of community services and social care, health within the general population, etc. One of the biggest problems with critics of many NHS services is that they have big pointy fingers which assign blame without evidence. The results are usually these poorly thought out policies which only add to existing issues instead of addressing them.

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