MSPs seek clarity on inquiry into Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

29.05.2019

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 (QEUH).

MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee have written to the Cabinet Secretary 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.

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.”

The letter can be read in full here.

Background

The Health & Sport Committee launched an inquiry to identify the scale of health problems linked to the healthcare environment in Scotland on 12 February 2019.

The inquiry came in the wake of the deaths of two patients at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QUEH) in Glasgow, following which the Scottish Government announced an independent external review.

The Committee issued a letter to Jeane Freeman MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, on 2 May 2019 regarding a range of themes and issues arising from the inquiry.

• Letter to Jeane Freeman MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport from Lewis Macdonald MSP, Convener of the Health and Sport Committee (145KB pdf)
The Cabinet Secretary replied on 14 May 2019.

• Letter from Jeane Freeman MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport to Lewis Macdonald MSP, Convner of the Health and Sport Committee (2.60MB pdf)

You can learn more about this inquiry on the Scottish Parliament website.

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