Call for better NHS outcomes measurements

Realistic medicine welcome but clarity on outcomes also important, says RCPE

Friday 26th April 2019

A leading doctors’ group has welcomed the publication of a new report by Scotland’s most senior doctor on realistic medicine but says doctors would benefit from ‘more clarity’ around outcomes at a time when resources are stretched.

Published yesterday, the report by Catherine Calderwood, the chief medical officer, sets out how healthcare professionals can move to a new way of thinking about healthcare that shapes care around a patient’s personal priorities.

Professor Derek Bell, president of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the professional body for more than 12,000 members, says ‘clear outcome measurements’ would also be helpful.

In a statement, he said:

“For the fourth year in a row, the Chief Medical Officer’s annual report has focused on realistic medicine. We commend the great work that the Chief Medical Officer and her team have put into realistic medicine, which takes the conversation in the right direction in terms of how we tackle waste and inefficiency in Scotland’s healthcare system, while empowering patient choice.

“However we do feel that despite all of the great debate we’ve had in Scotland, at a time when the NHS is under increasing pressure, we would all benefit from clear outcome measurements that would help to demonstrate the changes in practice that we all want to see.”