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S5W-05243: Brian Whittle (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5T-00215 by Shona Robison on 22 November 2016 (Official Report, c. 6), in light of Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) carrying out the investigation into NHS Ayrshire and Arran in 2012 and its subsequent comments in December 2013 regarding the progress with this, what its position is on reported concerns that HIS is not the appropriate body to carry out the new inquiry.

Answered by: Shona Robison 16 December 2016

I refer to the answer given in S5W-05242 on 16 December 2016. Because of their role as a national scrutiny and improvement body, I have complete confidence in Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and their ability to carry out such a review.

The National Framework for Adverse Events supports NHS boards to standardise processes. It includes a national definition of an adverse event, guidance on reporting, accountability, responsibilities and learning, and principles for an open, just and positive safety culture. HIS has supported all NHS boards to assess their processes and make improvements and reports progress quarterly to the Adverse Events Programme board.

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