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Child death hospital is placed on measures

THE decision to introduce “special measures” at an under-fire health board has been welcomed.

Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman announced today that an oversight board would be put in place at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde following the death of two children at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Govan.

The board which covers the hospital has now been escalated to stage four of the NHS board performance escalation framework.

This follows significant pressure on the Scottish government to take greater control of the health board.

The deaths took place after the children were treated in a ward that was affected by water contamination in 2017.

Scottish Labour health spokesperson Monica Lennon said: “This is a long-overdue intervention in a health board which lost the confidence and trust of families long ago.

“It shouldn’t have taken parents and staff whistleblowers speaking out to force the government into taking special measures.”

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