Call for health bosses to be moved aside
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