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Friday, May 24, 2024

NHS board named in Glasgow hospital corporate homicide probe

Scotland's largest health board, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC), is under investigation for corporate homicide following the deaths of four patients at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) campus in Glasgow.

The health board communicated this development to families through a closed Facebook group set up during a water contamination crisis.

The criminal investigation by Police Scotland, launched in 2021, includes the death of 10-year-old Milly Main among others. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) instructed the investigation into the deaths of Milly, two other children, and 73-year-old Gail Armstrong. A previous review suggested that an infection contributing to Milly’s death was likely caused by the hospital environment.

NHSGGC acknowledged receiving communication from the COPFS about the status of the ongoing inquiry but stated there is no final view yet from the prosecutors. The board expressed continued cooperation with the investigation.

The Scottish Labour Leader Anas Sarwar, advocating for the affected families, noted the long duration it took to reach this stage and hopes for justice. He criticized the health board for its alleged denial and cover-up regarding the incidents and stressed the need for accountability.

The investigation is ongoing, and Police Scotland has stated that it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.

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