The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee has today started an inquiry to identify the scale of health problems linked to the healthcare environment in Scotland.
The inquiry comes in the wake of the deaths of two patients at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QUEH) in Glasgow last month, following which the Scottish Government has announced an independent external review.
The Committee’s inquiry will have a wider focus looking at healthcare environments across Scotland, exploring what risks exist and how these should be reported and addressed.
Commenting on the inquiry, Lewis Macdonald MSP, Convener of the Health and Sport Committee, said:
“Like everyone across Scotland, I was deeply troubled by the nature of the deaths at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. There are a number of ongoing investigations into what happened, but this raises wider issues about the safety and control of healthcare environments in Scotland.
“The Committee is determined to understand how standards are upheld and consider existing protocols in place. We are also going to look at the adequacy of systems and processes for reporting and controlling outbreaks when they do occur. This is why we want to hear from healthcare professionals from across Scotland.”
The Committee is keen to hear the views of healthcare workers, and those affected by these issues, which will help guide a formal session with relevant healthcare organisations on the 19th of March. Questions include:
• What is the scale of health problems acquired from the healthcare environment in Scotland?
• What/where are the main risks?
• Are the current systems and processes in Scotland adequate for monitoring, reporting, eliminating or controlling these hazards?
You can contact the Committee with your views here: HealthandSport@parliament.scot
You can learn more about the work of the Health and Sport Committee here.