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Margaret Mitchell
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Archive for March 2010

Spiralling negligence claims cost frontline services

Mar. 25th 2010

 Commenting recently on the response from the Health Secretary, Nicola Sturgeon to her questions asking for details of how much each NHS board contributed to the Clinical Negligence and Other Risks Indemnity Scheme (CNORIS) in each of the last five years, Margaret said in relation to this highly sensitive topic: “The total cost of negligence claims in 2008-2009 was a colossal £27,028, 278, an approximately 300% increase in the 2004-205 figure of £39, 080, 839.

Furthermore, there has been a massive increase in every single Health Board’s contribution from the 2004-2005 to the latest 2008-2009 figure. Greater Glasgow and Clyde paid out almost £7 million in 2008-2009 compared to almost £2 million in 2004-2005. Lothian paid out approximately £4.5 million as compared to almost £1.2 million 2004-2005. In the same period Grampian saw an increase from £826,860 to £3,105,514, Tayside £725,762 to £2, 540, 928 and then Lanarkshire £807, 649 to £2,402,375. Other boards paid out over a million, including Fife, Forth Valley and Highlands, in 2008-2009.

Clearly these are disturbing figures which again emphasise how important it is to learn from previous negligence claims in an effort to ensure wherever possible the mistakes which are costing the NHS so dearly and taking funds away from frontline services are not repeated.”

Worrying times!

Posted by William | in Issues and events, Parliament

World Plumbing Day – 11 March 2010

Mar. 25th 2010

Margaret has lent her support to the aims behind World Plumbing Day which seeks to highlight and raise awareness about the significant role which the plumbing industry plays in public health and the environment.Commenting on this important event, Margaret said, “the vast majority of us take our plumbing system for granted and fail to appreciate that good plumbing is, in fact, a major factor in maintaining our health and welfare.

In developing countries the role of plumbing is vital in reducing death levels from water-related diseases. In addition climate change and a global desire to protect scarce natural resources is another area in which the plumbing industry plays a major role whether it be in the design, installation or maintenance of renewable energy technologies or in the creation of energy and water efficiency solutions. Meanwhile the recent freezing conditions this winter in Lanarkshire again reminded us about the important work plumbers carry out!”

Posted by William | in Constituency

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