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Po­lice look­ing at death of boy in hos­pi­tal

- BY LUCINDA CAMERON Crime · Incidents · Elizabeth I of England · Elizabeth II · NYU Langone Medical Center · Glasgow · Greater Glasgow

The death of a three­year-old boy at a flag­ship hos­pi­tal is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by po­lice.

He died at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal in Glas­gow on Au­gust 9 2017. His death came in the same month as 10-year-old Milly Main, who was in re­mis­sion from leukaemia before con­tract­ing an in­fec­tion at QEUH. Her mother Kim­berly Dar­roch has said she is “100%” cer­tain con­tam­i­nated wa­ter caused the in­fec­tion.

The boy’s death was re­ported to the Crown Of­fice by po­lice in Au­gust 2017 and it has re­cently re­ceived ex­pert re­ports from NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde (NHSGGC) that are un­der con­sid­er­a­tion. A

Crown Of­fice spokesman said: “The investigat­ion into the death, un­der the di­rec­tion of the Scot­tish Fa­tal­i­ties Investigat­ion Unit, is on­go­ing.”

The procu­ra­tor fis­cal has a duty to in­ves­ti­gate deaths which have oc­curred in cir­cum­stances that give rise to public con­cern.

An NHSGGC spokes­woman said: “We have al­ready pro­vided in­for­ma­tion to this fam­ily. We fully in­ves­ti­gated this child’s death at the time.”

On Milly Main’s death, the health board said it was not obliged to test for blood­stream in­fec­tion stenotroph­omonas – listed as a pos­si­ble cause on the child’s death cer­tifi­cate – at the time of her death so could not de­ter­mine if the in­fec­tion was linked to the hos­pi­tal’s wa­ter sup­ply.

NHSGGC has said it is not pos­si­ble to link cases of stenotroph­omonas in­fec­tion in 2017 to the wa­ter sup­ply as tests were not car­ried out on the sup­ply at the time.

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“In­ves­ti­gated this child’s death at the time”

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