Monklands Hospital death rates to be investigated

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Health watchdogs are to assess patient safety after death rates at Monklands Hospital were found to be above the national average in the last quarter.

Staff from Healthcare Improvement Scotland will mount an inspection of the hospital. Wishaw General and Hairmyres Hospitals will also be subject to the same enquiry.

NHS Scotland clinical director Professor Jason Leitch said: “Although a high hospital standardised mortality rate is not by itself a definitive measure of the quality and safety of care, it serves as an important prompt for further investigation.’’

NHS Lanarkshire says it is already working on an action plan to address the issue.

For more on this story see next week’s paper.