Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Concerns raised over lack of hospital inspections



Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has raised concerns following reports that hospitals across Dumfries and Galloway are not being routinely inspected.

A recent report highlighted that over half of Scottish hospitals have not been inspected for safety and cleanliness by teams from the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate.

Included in the report was information that eight hospitals across Dumfries and Galloway have never been inspected.

In the Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP’s constituency, cottage hospitals at Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright and Newton Stewart have never had an inspection, while the last inspection at the Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer took place almost two years ago in March 2017.

Mr Carson says it is very concerning that there has been a lack of safety and cleanliness reporting in hospitals in the region, especially in light of recent deaths at a flagship hospital in Glasgow.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “It is very concerning to see that inspections on safety and cleanliness are not being carried out as a matter of routine in hospitals across our region.

“While I recognise the recent investment in cutting edge technology in the Galloway Community Hospital, we cannot simply have investment at the expense of basic safety and cleanliness inspections.

“Our hardworking NHS staff on the frontline do a wonderful job, but they need the support from Government in order to ensure our hospitals are of the highest standard.

“In light of recent events at the flagship hospital in Glasgow, it is absolutely imperative that the SNP Government take urgent action to ensure hospitals are routinely inspected.

“I find it astonishing that cottage hospitals across the Stewartry and Wigtownshire have never been inspected since the inspectorate was set up a decade ago.

“This is yet another example of the SNP’s failure to manage our NHS properly over the last decade and people will be shocked that cleanliness inspections have not been carried out on a regular basis or at all.”