Call for health bosses to be moved aside

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY STE­WART PATER­SON

MAN­AGERS at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hospi­tal should be moved while an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into in­fec­tions is car­ried out, ac­cord­ing to an MSP who re­vealed fresh details.

Anas Sar­war, Glas­gow Labour MSP, pro­duced new ev­i­dence from a whistle­blower show­ing con­cerns about the wa­ter sup­ply at the hospi­tal be­fore it opened and mat­ters raised by med­i­cal staff about in­fec­tions months be­fore a girl died in a cancer ward at the Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

The health board said it ac­knowl­edged there had been is­sues and se­nior man­agers had sought to take action when they be­came aware.

Mr Sar­war, how­ever, said the man­age­ment ig­nored warn­ings and must be moved.

He said: “The se­nior man­agers who ig­nored re­peated warn­ings about the risk of in­fec­tions at the hospi­tal should not be in their posts to­day.

“You wouldn’t have sus­pects in a crime scene walk­ing around the build­ing. By re­main­ing on the scene, they com­pro­mise the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Ten-year-old Milly Main died in 2017 at the hospi­tal from stenotroph­omonas, an in­fec­tion linked to con­tam­i­nated wa­ter. Her mother said she feels her daugh­ter was be alive if the health board had acted on the con­cerns raised be­fore the hospi­tal opened.

The health board said the sup­ply is now safe.

A spokes­woman for NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde said: “The safety, well­be­ing and con­fi­dence of our pa­tients and our staff is, was and al­ways will be our ab­so­lute pri­or­ity. We apol­o­gise to pa­tients for the dis­tress and anx­i­ety caused and are fo­cused on ad­dress­ing their con­cerns.

“We fully ac­knowl­edge that there have been is­sues at this site and se­nior man­agers sought to take ro­bust action to address th­ese is­sues when they be­came aware of them.

“We led, and asked for ex­pert help, to in­ves­ti­gate and re­solve th­ese is­sues and re­ports about th­ese in­ci­dents are avail­able to the pub­lic.”

The board said it car­ried out a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion in 2018 into the han­dling of the rou­tine wa­ter risk assess­ment re­ports.

It stated: “Key changes have been im­ple­mented and the wa­ter sys­tem is safe, whole­some and well main­tained. We have a ro­bust mon­i­tor­ing struc­ture to keep it safe.”

It said spe­cific tests were car­ried out at the re­quest of doc­tors when in­ves­ti­gat­ing pos­si­ble in­fec­tions.

A spokes­woman said: “Records from April 2017 show we tested 542 wa­ter sam­ples from the Royal Hospi­tal for Chil­dren wa­ter sys­tem un­til De­cem­ber that year.

“None of the sam­ples tested were pos­i­tive for stenotroph­omonas.

“This in­cludes 40 sam­ples taken dur­ing Au­gust, the pe­riod that in­ves­ti­ga­tions were ongoing into two pos­si­ble cases of linked stenotroph­omonas.”

It’s claimed con­cerns were raised about the wa­ter sup­ply at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hospi­tal be­fore it opened

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