Death rate

More people dying in the Vale of Leven and RAH hospitals

Jackie Baillie and Vale of Leven Hospital.

MSP Jackie Baillie has expressed concern after new figures show higher than normal mortality rates at the Vale of Leven and the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

The latest NHS Statistics show that death rates across the two hospitals put them as the highest in Scotland, and much higher than the national average. For the final quarter of 2017, 391 deaths occurred within 30-days of admission which represents a 13% increase on what was expected.

The figures for both hospitals are combined so death rates for each individual hospital are unknown. This is not the first time that the RAH and the Vale of Leven have been in the danger zone, with the two hospitals consistently above average throughout 2017 and 2016 and being above the upper control period for 3 quarters out of 8.

Jackie Baillie said: “This is not the first time that the Vale of Leven and Royal Alexandra Hospital have had above average death rates, in fact, their death rates have been above the Scottish average for the past two years. This is simply unacceptable.

“Last year we were told that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde had been working with Healthcare Improvement Scotland to address this, but it appears to have made no difference. I am calling again for the death rates at the RAH in Paisley to be separated from those at the Vale so we can understand the true scale of the problem.”

“Patients deserve to know why these hospitals consistently post higher than normal death rates, and an urgent inquiry must take place in order to address this continuing trend.”

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