Scottish hospitals meet their patient safety aim 15 months early


From the Scottish Government, today:

‘New figures show that Scotland’s world leading patient safety programme has cut hospital mortality by over 10 per cent across the period – meeting a key aim, 15 months early. The latest Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios (HSMR) show there were 7,800 fewer than expected deaths between the first quarter of 2014 and the third quarter of 2017 – a drop of 10.6 per cent. The fall is being attributed to the Scottish Patient Safety Programme which works to reduce harm and improve the safety and reliability of healthcare.’

This success is merely one more indicator of a relatively well-run NHS. See this for a fuller picture:

Despite massive increases in demand, NHS Scotland maintains performance levels extremely close to the most rigorous of targets and patient satisfaction is at an all-time high. Audit Scotland say: ‘There were no significant weaknesses in the overall quality of care being provided.’


6 thoughts on “Scottish hospitals meet their patient safety aim 15 months early

  1. Alasdair Macdonald. February 20, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    And, the BBC website, while reporting and headlining the drop, then focuses attention on Belford Hospital in Fort William which was the only hospital to show an increase over the period. It then name-checks several boards where the decrease was lower than the Scottish average.

    Every silver-lining must have a dark cloud attached to it by the BBC.

    Liked by 1 person

    • John February 20, 2018 / 4:21 pm

      They must be the most depressed group of workers in Scotland , always looking for the dark side !


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