A mother whose daughter died at a children’s cancer ward after contracting an infection has described her child’s death as “murder”.
Kimberly Darroch told the Scottish Hospitals Inquiry she wants the children and adult hospitals at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) campus in Glasgow to close.
She believes NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board should be punished after she claims staff covered up the true cause of her daughter’s death, which she found out about two years later in the media.
The inquiry began hearing evidence on Monday into problems at two flagship hospitals that contributed to the deaths of two children.
It is investigating the construction of the QEUH campus in Glasgow and the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People and Department of Clinical Neurosciences in Edinburgh.
In a statement read out at the inquiry on Wednesday, Ms Darroch said she was never given details of an infection that her daughter contracted when she died, which she later discovered contributed towards her death.
Ms Darroch also claimed hospital reports about her meeting with doctors to discuss the infection were false.
Her statement said: “My view is that the hospital should be closed. I don’t think it’s safe.
“I feel like the health board need to be punished for all of this. In my eyes, what happened to my daughter is murder.
“She should still be here and I am trying to come to terms with that, after coming to terms with losing her initially.
“I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to. I would never go back to the hospital, never.”
Ms Darroch’s daughter, ten-year-old Milly Main, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2012.
She died in 2017 after contracting stenotrophomonas – an infection found in water, the inquiry heard.
Ms Darroch and her family claim they were unaware of this infection which contributed to her daughter’s death until after she died.
Christine Horne, Ms Darroch’s mother, also had her statement read out at the inquiry on Wednesday.
She said: “We were never told what it was and there was never any indication that it was related to the water in the hospital.
“Nobody said anything about what had caused the infection.”
Earlier on Wednesday, the inquiry heard from Lynn Kearns who criticised a children’s hospital ward at the QEUH campus for having no running water while her young son received treatment for a rare disease in the building’s “prison-like” conditions.
She said her son was unable to shower for about two weeks while being treated in the hospital despite vomiting on his own face during treatment.
Mrs Kearns’ son was 11 when he was diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening blood disorder in December 2017.
He was treated in the Royal Hospital for Children at the QEUH campus between December 2017 and March 2018.
Mrs Kearns said she understood the water supply was cut off due to a certain type of bacteria being found in the system.
She said water supply issues at the hospital ward remain a problem today.
After taking her son into the same hospital on Monday, she said she spoke to two maintenance workers who are still changing filters on the sink taps every two months, the inquiry heard.
The inquiry in Edinburgh, chaired by Lord Brodie, will continue on Thursday.