McLeod praises DGRI staff as mortality rates continue to fall

Efforts to reduce hospital mortality by staff at Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary (DGRI) have been welcomed this week as figures show mortality ratios have fallen significantly since 2007.

Recently published figures show that the standardised mortality ratio at DGRI fell by 15.8% 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 for South Scotland Aileen McLeod 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 sterling efforts by NHS staff to deliver patient safety and high standards of care at Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary.

“The fall in mortality underlines both 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 DGRI 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.”