Dundee’s MSPs commented on the publication by Healthcare Improvement Scotland of documents relating to and inspection visit to Ninewells, following the intevention of Scotland’s Health Secretary Alex Neil who called last week for them to be published.
Dundee City West MSP Joe FitzPatrick said: “Ninewells is a good quality teaching hospital with very hard working staff and it is important that local people continue to have confidence in it.
“That is why it was right that these reports were published today so that people can see for themselves why clinicians and NHS Tayside felt so strongly that the draft inspection report from Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) was not accurate in a number of key areas.
“It is crucial that people within Tayside are given accurate information about their local hospital and that the independent inspectorate quite rightly highlights where there is room for improvement but it must do so in a proper and accurate manner.
“Clearly the process in this case fell well short of that standard and that must be addressed by HIS. “
Shona Robison, MSP for Dundee City East, said: “It is important that today everyone is able to see why NHS Tayside had such strong concerns about the inspections report into older peoples services at Ninewells hospital.
“The letter from senior clinicians and the error report contain a number of critical corrections to the original Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) report. These concerns were not well handled by HIS and they must learn lessons and now they must make the necessary changes to their inspection processes.
“Independent inspections are a very important part of the public reassurance process so that patients and their families can have confidence that the services they receive in our NHS are being monitored properly.
“It is therefore important that HIS act now to ensure that process is reliable and robust in every inspection they carry out.”