Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson expresses concern over rise in NHS adverse incidents

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has expressed concern over a rise in adverse events in NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP has written to NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s Chairman and Chief Executive after a report highlighted that over 6,400 adverse events were reported that could have jeopardised patient safety.

While most of these were minor, Mr Carson expressed particular concern that over 100 of the incidents could have resulted in death or serious harm.

He has asked NHS bosses to outline what action they are taking to ensure that health services in NHS Dumfries and Galloway will see a reduction in significant adverse events.

Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “While it is welcome that staff feel encouraged to report adverse events, it is concerning that over 100 events in the last year alone could have potentially resulted in death or serious harm.

“That is why I have written to NHS Dumfries and Galloway bosses asking what measures they are taking to address these figures, which have risen sharply.

“We must ensure that our health service remains as safe as possible for our patients, visitors and the hardworking NHS staff on the frontline and I hope these figures can be reduced, while at the same time still ensuring staff feel able to report incidents that have occurred.”