THE Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in Scotland has raised concerns about the Scottish Government’s proposed ‘No-blame’ Redress Scheme.
The RPS says it supports the scheme “in principle”, as it “fits well with our professional approach to a ‘no blame culture’ or ‘just culture’, where being open and honest about mistakes is fully part of professional practice and where learning from mistakes is an important aspect of any adverse event.”
However, the organisation is concerned that while the proposals would make it easier for anyone harmed by clinical treatment to obtain compensation without having to go through a lengthy process of proving someone was at fault, that initially, despite recommendations that all healthcare professionals be included in the scheme, independent contractors and their employees will not be included.
Aileen Bryson, Practice & Policy Lead at RPS Scotland, said: “We highlighted our concern that this creates yet a further unhelpful distinction between NHS managed service employees and those independently contracted by the NHS to deliver NHS health services. This is particularly of concern at a time when we are striving for integration. We are therefore recommending that the Scottish Government considers broadening the scope of this proposal”.