Jenny Marra : SNP Presiding over Cover-Up Culture at Ninewells Hospital
24 February 2013
=Scottish Labour has accused the SNP Government of presiding over a culture of cover-up in the NHS after it emerged health inspectors shelved and then diluted a damning report into Ninewells Hospital.
A draft report by Healthcare Improvement
Scotland into care for older people at Ninewells revealed that 35
patients had been left on trolleys and in wheelchairs, in some cases for
six hours, waiting for a bed over the period of an afternoon and
When the report was finally published after pressure from Labour MSP Jenny Marra, the report simply said that 'some' patients were left on trolleys and hospitals.
Other concerns were also omitted.
Jenny Marra, Scottish Labour's MSP for North East Scotland, said,
"It is clear that the Scottish Government
knew over two months ago that the Ninewells report had been buried and
knew about the inspectors' resignations.
"A robust inspection regime protects patients.
“ It also protects and gives backing to hard-working staff who are under pressure in our hospitals.
“ The public can only have confidence in
inspections if they are published on time and there has been no editing
of the evidence that the inspectors have gathered.
"The Cabinet Secretary for Health needs to explain why he didn't take action to have the report publicised swiftly.
“He has been sitting on his hands and
allowing this turmoil to develop in the Government's health
inspectorate, hoping it would never come to light."
The report in the Sunday Herald can be found at –
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