MSP Highlights Fall in Mortality Rates at IRH

Stuart McMillan MSP SNP has hailed efforts to reduce hospital mortality by staff at Inverclyde Royal Hospital as figures show mortality ratios have fallen significantly since 2007.

Recently published figures show that the standardised mortality ratio at Inverclyde Royal Hospital fell by 13.6 per cent against the regression line figure used to measure long-term trends.

The latest figures were published as the Scottish Government announced a £2.5 million investment in Health Improvement Scotland which will help to see the innovative national Patient Safety Programme extended further.

Commenting, SNP MSP Stuart McMillan said:

“Scotland’s NHS workers go to incredible lengths to treat patients and provide the best care possible, and this reduction in mortality rates is testament to the incredible efforts by NHS staff to improve standards at [hospital].

“The fall in mortality underlines the high standards of care at the hospital and the clear improvements that have been made since 2007.

“Of course we should always strive to go further in reducing deaths in hospital and I welcome the fact that the Scottish Government has announced funding to further extend the national patient safety programme.

“The quality of patient care in Scotland is incredibly high, but I know that everyone at Inverclyde Royal Hospital will be determined to keep making further improvements and driving up standards.

“The SNP is determined to protect our NHS and make further improvements – which is why First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made clear that SNP MPs in a hung Parliament will use their clout to protect our health budget from Westminster’s agenda of austerity, patient charging and privatisation.”

The reduction in mortality rates at [hospital] can be viewed at http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Quality-Indicators/Publications/2015-02-17/Table-2.xlsx

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