This consultation is for anyone likely to be affected by a change in the compensation arrangements for injuries resulting from clinical treatment. The consultation paper explains the background to the work undertaken by the No-fault Compensation Review Group established by the Scottish Government in 2009 and seeks views on the Group's recommendations.
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The Bill will establish a national legislative framework for sustainable public procurement that supports Scotland's economic growth by delivering economic, social and environmental benefits, supporting innovation and promoting processes and systems which are transparent, streamlined, standardised, proportionate, fair and business-friendly. The consultation seeks views on whether the Bill should make special provision for the procurement of health and social services.
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For healthcare providers in Scotland, the Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011 sets out the principles of good patient care in law for the first time, as well as detailing how staff should be treated. The Act details what patients in Scotland have a right to expect of their health services, whether they are delivered by NHS staff or by independent contractors. In October, the Scottish Government will launch The Charter of Patient Rights and Responsibilities, which will outline what patients' have a right to expect from NHS treatment.
Read the 'Little things make a big difference' factsheets on the Patient Rights (Scotland) Act
SIHA met on 11 June with agenda items including the Quality Alliance Board; Alison Smith reported attending 4 meetings to date. The proposed visits regarding exploring IS processes for patient feedback had not taken place. Issues currently being addressed are the governance around Medicines Management and the Christie Commission and the review of the future funding model for the public sector in Scotland.
The Point Prevalence Survey – Health Protection Scotland; Liz Dillon reported that the report had been circulated following the one day infections' recording from the independent sector. Due to the magnitude of the task it was considered that the Prevalence Study would be bi-annual in the future not annual. It was noted that there had only been one infection recorded from SIHA members.
Sharon Keane, Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS), attended in place of Jan Warner to discuss HIS's expectations for the Independent Sector's readiness for Medical Revalidation. Kevin Freeman, Development Manager, Healthcare Environment Inspectorate, will be invited to the next meeting to update on changes to the current system of information exchange between providers and HEI.
The consultation sets out proposals to inform and change the way that the NHS and Local Authorities work together and in partnership with the third and independent sectors. Proposals include changes to how adult health and social care services are planned and delivered, aiming towards a seamless experience from the perspective of the patient, service user or carer. It also outlines improvements to integrating health and social care services which are not limited to older people, but extend to all adult health and social care services.
The Charter is an information document for patients and members of the public which sets out what you can expect when you use NHS services and receive NHS care in Scotland. SIHA makes the point that the Charter needs to set out how these rights will be managed when patients received NHS funded care in independent sector hospitals. Furthermore, that the responsibility for patient complaints where NHS patients are treated in independent sector hospitals must be set out for patients.
SIHA Patients Rights Charter Response May 2012 (104.88 kB)
The Scottish Government has published emerging thoughts which are likely to appear in the strategy as an early indication of how the strategy is developing. This is not a complete list of everything that will appear in the strategy, and it is not an analysis of all the consultation responses. It is intended to give an early update on how the strategy is being developed. The final Mental Health Strategy will be published before Summer 2012.