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Fresh probe launched into scandal-hit Glasgow hospital following death of another child

A FRESH probe has been launched into infections at Glasgow’s scandal-hit super-hospital after another child died this week.

The youngster died on Monday November 25 after contracting an infection at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH), the Sunday Herald revealed today.

Three more hospital-acquired infections have also been reported at the Royal Hospital for Children (RHC), on the same campus as QEUH, in the last few weeks.

Both the QEUH and the RHC have faced scandal since opening in 2015, including the death a 10-year-old boy who contracted an infection linked to pigeon droppings.

Two children, Milly Main, 10 and three-year-old Mason Djemat, also died within weeks of each other in 2017 from infections linked to contaminated water.

Scottish Labour health spokeswoman Monica Lennon said of the latest death: “This is tragic news and my thoughts are with the child’s family at this very sad and difficult time.

“Health Secretary Jeane Freeman must return to Parliament on Tuesday and provide an urgent update.

“The public will rightly question why a child who contracted a hospital-acquired infection has died so soon after NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde insisted the hospital is safe. 

“It must be established if the infection was linked to the water contamination scandal and an independent team should be brought in.”

She said parents have lost confidence in the senior management team at the hospital and the board and said it was “not tenable” for the current leadership team to investigate themselves.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “We need to take care when discussing individual cases as we are bound by strict rules of patient confidentiality.

“The issue is being appropriately managed and Health Protection Scotland has been informed.”

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