Hospital safety and cleanliness inspections more than halved since 2014

The number of safety and cleanliness inspections of Scottish hospitals has more than halved since 2014 according to figures published today.

The statistics, released in a Parliamentary Question today, show that the number of inspections has fallen from 38 in 2014-15, to 19 in 2017-18 and only 14 in the last 11 months.

Jackson Carlaw, Scottish Conservative interim leader revealed the statistics at First Minister’s questions today.

Mr Carlaw cited SNP failures on healthcare, stating that one patient in four is waiting longer than the waiting time guarantee and patients waiting over six weeks for diagnostic tests have increased by almost 40 percent.

At the same time public confidence in the safety and cleanliness of hospitals has fallen due to the recently reported infection outbreaks.

Scottish Conservative interim leader Jackson Carlaw said:

Public confidence in the safety and cleanliness of our hospitals has been shaken due to the recently reported infection outbreaks.

“These figures show that, over the last five years, the number of safety and cleanliness inspections of our hospitals has more than halved compared to 2014.

“Today the First Minister sought to pass the buck – but she and the Health Secretary need to ensure that these important inspections are increased to previous levels.

“The tragic events at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow over the last few months demand no less.”