Action taken on health care improvement

Recognition by the Scottish Government of improved patient safety and care quality have been welcomed by NHS Lanarkshire.

Following an assessment NHS Lanarkshire was asked to put improvements in place, with support from a Government Governance and Improvement Support Team.

And in a progress report health secretary Alex Neil has confirmed to the organisation that positive changes have been made.

Areas identified for action included investment in additional nurse staffing, the apppointment of a patient safety team, development of staff and patient engagement and simplified and streamlined governance and leadership arrangements.

NHS Lanarkshire chief executive Ian Ross said: “We fully accepted the recommendations from the review and regret that we did not always meet the high standards of care we want for our patients.

“We acted immediately to develop and implement an action plan to address the recommendations.

“More work is required in developing and implementing the actions and to embed them across the whole organisation and we will maintain our focus on delivering the action plan in full.

“Our aim is to be considered the safest health and care sector in Scotland and I am confident with the work we are taking forward that we are on course to achieve that aim.”