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Health Secretary must guarantee patient safety as number of clinical negligence payments reaches 5 year high

August 13, 2012 11:37 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP hasAlison McInnesAlison McInnes called upon the Health Secretary to guarantee measures are being taken to protect patient safety as figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats show the number of clinical negligence payments has reached a 5 year high.

244 payments were made across Scotland in 2011-12. This figure is almost double that of 2010-11, in which 133 payments were made.

NHS Scotland spent £27.19 million on clinical negligence payments from 2011-12.

Commenting, Alison McInnes MSP said:

"These figures are worrying.

"£27.19 million was spent on 244 payments across Scotland last year. This puts a considerable financial burden upon the NHS, but that burden in no way compares to the horrific impact clinical negligence has upon patients and their families.

"With the number of cases now at a 5 year high, the questions are piling up about what this SNP government is going to do to improve patient safety. It is high time that the SNP got a grip of clinical negligence in Scotland.

"People deserve to feel safe throughout their hospital stay. They should be tended to by world class clinicians in first-rate surroundings. But these standards are almost impossible to maintain when this SNP regime is busy slashing nurse and midwife numbers and squeezing the NHS to bursting point.

"The Health Secretary must deal with this worrying trend immediately and explain what the SNP will do to guarantee patient safety."