Internationally, it is recognised that there are a large number of avoidable deaths, other major harm and wasted expenditure in healthcare. However, this has not yet been recognised by the Scottish government. This major problem continues without the necessary preventive measures that the law requires being in place in Scotland. The consequences of this failure will be around 2,000 reasonably preventable premature deaths a year in Scotland. This issue needs to be recognised by the Scottish government and immediate actions initiated. It requires:
Without an effective regulator ensuring compliance with the Act, the legally required standards on patient safety will never be achieved in Scotland.