Clarity sought on Queen Elizabeth University Hospital inquiry

The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. (Photo: John Devlin)
The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. (Photo: John Devlin)

The Scottish Government has been called on to provide more information on its independent inquiry into the infection related incidents at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s health and sport committee have written to health secretary Jeane Freeman seeking details on the terms of reference and timeline of the inquiry.

They are also seeking reassurance that experts supporting the inquiry in relation to infection control have had no previous involvement with the hospital.

Additionally, the letter asks for confirmation that building design, commission and construction are key components of the review.

The committee launched an inquiry in February to identify the scale of health problems linked to the healthcare environment in Scotland in the wake of the deaths of two patients at QUEH.

The Scottish Government announced an independent external review following the deaths.

Lewis Macdonald MSP, convener of the health and sport committee, said: “Our inquiry into healthcare environments across Scotland raised a number of concerns and while the Cabinet Secretary was able to address some of those in her response, more information is needed.

“There are areas, particularly around the independent inquiry into Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where the Government must provide more clarity.

“It’s vital that people have faith in the independent process of an inquiry and that it is as comprehensive as possible so that lessons can be learned from the recent incidents at QUEH.”

To view the letter click here