NHS considers legal action against hospital contractors

The move comes after infection-related deaths at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

Hospital: Two investigations are ongoing (file pic). <strong>HEMEDIA/SWNS</strong>
Hospital: Two investigations are ongoing (file pic). HEMEDIA/SWNS

Health bosses in Glasgow are considering legal action against the contractors behind the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

It comes after a number of patients died from infection-related causes after being treated at the £842m facility.

In January, it was confirmed that a ten-year-old boy and a 73-year-old woman had died after contracting an infection linked to pigeon droppings. In March, a 64-year-old grandmother who caught a fungal infection also died.

The deaths prompted an internal inquiry by Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGCC) and a separate investigation by the Scottish Government.

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Official papers published by the health board this month state that, depending on the outcome of the internal review, “the board may then address the contracting parties with regard to any breach in contractual liability, and, where applicable, seek legal recourse to remedy the board position”.

Documents also stated that a review of the glazing, cladding, and structure of the building was under way – and that the ventilation systems in two wards needed replaced, with one expected to take nine months to complete.

A spokesperson for the health board told STV: “No decisions will be made on possible legal recourse until the external and internal reviews are concluded.”

The Scottish Government investigation, ordered by health secretary Jeane Freeman, will examine the design, build, and maintenance of the hospital and how they contribute to “effective infection control”.

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Brookfield Multiplex, the firm which built the hospital, did not reply to a request for comment.


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