Patient Safety Commissioner for Scotland Bill: Financial Memorandum consultation

Closed 6 Jan 2023

Opened 28 Oct 2022


About the Bill

The Bill establishes a new office of Patient Safety Commissioner for Scotland.

The Patient Safety Commissioner will:

  • support system-wide improvement in the safety of health care
  • promote the importance of the views of patients and members of the public in relation to the safety of health care

The Commissioner will have various functions, including the power to investigate health care safety issues. During an investigation, the Commissioner can require health care providers or individuals to provide relevant information.

The Commissioner must publish reports on health care safety issues and make recommendations as to how these issues can be addressed. The Commissioner can require a health care provider or an individual to respond to any recommendations.

Current status of the Bill 

This Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care on 6 October 2022.

Read and find out more about the Patient Safety Commissioner for Scotland Bill.

Stage 1

The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee has been designated as the lead Committee for the Bill. A separate call for views on the Bill’s policy provisions has been issued by the lead Committee and published on this consultation platform.

Financial Memorandum

As with all Bills, the Finance and Public Administration Committee invites written evidence on the estimated financial implications of the Bill as set out in its accompanying Financial Memorandum (FM).

Read the FM published alongside this Bill.


  1. Did you take part in any consultation exercise preceding the Bill and, if so, did you comment on the financial assumptions made? 
  2. If applicable, do you believe your comments on the financial assumptions have been accurately reflected in the FM?
  3. Did you have sufficient time to contribute to the consultation exercise?
  4. If the Bill has any financial implications for you or your organisation, do you believe that they have been accurately reflected in the FM? If not, please provide details.
  5. Do you consider that the estimated costs and savings set out in the FM are reasonable and accurate? 
  6. If applicable, are you content that your organisation can meet any financial costs that it might incur as a result of the Bill? If not, how do you think these costs should be met? 
  7. Does the FM accurately reflect the margins of uncertainty associated with the Bill’s estimated costs and with the timescales over which they would be expected to arise? 

How to submit your views

Please submit your views using the online submission form, linked to below.

We welcome written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language. 

The call for views closes on Friday 6 January 2023.


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