From SNP Media:
The Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP), introduced by the SNP Scottish Government in 2007, has been praised by a leading European expert on patient safety.
In Westminster’s Health Committee, Dr Pelle Gustafson, CMO at Swedish Patient Insurer, responded with “Scotland”, when he was asked which country he would hold at the very top pillar with regards to patient safety.
Dr Gustfason said: “If you take all preventative work in regard to patient safety, I would say Scotland, I am personally very impressed with Scotland. I think in Scotland you have a long tradition of working, you have a development in the right direction and you also have a system which is fairly equal all over the place. You have improvement activities going on. So I am very impressed by Scotland”. He added that the UK could learn a lot from the Nordic countries in this area but also that the Nordic countries could learn a lot from Scotland.
Commenting, SNP Health spokesperson at Westminster and Health Committee member, Martyn Day MP, said:
“It’s great to hear Scotland’s Patient Safety Programme be praised by experts elsewhere in the world and vindicates the hard work and care of NHS Scotland staff. I’d like to congratulate them and thank them for all that they do.
“Since being introduced, the SPSP has cut the number of hospital and post surgical deaths and complications.
“This international recognition also shows the positive direction Scotland is headed and what we can do when we have full control over decisions. Think how much more we could do to help people in all areas of life if we had the full powers of independence.
“While the UK Parliament is still twiddling its thumbs over bringing in a patient safety programme, Scotland’s has been helping the people in Scotland for fifteen years. I would urge the UK Health Secretary to follow our lead and bring one in as soon as possible – it could save lives.”
Notes for editors:
Dr Philippa Whitford on Twitter: “Great to hear #ScottishPatientSafetyProgram praised by leading Swedish expert in WM Health Committee. Introduced in 2007 – safety program cut hospital & post surgical deaths + complications such as pressure sores, sepsis, wound infections, etc. Well done #NHSScot staff!”
You can watch the question and response here. VIDEO
Gregor Smith on Twitter: “Great to see more international recognition for #SPSP – it wouldn’t be where it is without the vision & leadership given by @jasonleitch Jane Murkin and others, especially in those early days. Now, there’s skilled QI leaders embedded throughout system thanks to them.”