Scottish Hospitals Inquiry restarts

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The Scottish Hospitals Inquiry restarts today, with enactment carried retired astatine hospitals successful Glasgow and Edinburgh nether scrutiny.

The inquiry, which was paused successful November, is being chaired by Lord Brodie QC. It volition analyse issues astatine the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) successful Glasgow, and some the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People (RHCYP), and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences (DCN) successful Edinburgh.

Safety concerns astir the functioning of the QEUH prompted the inquiry, which was launched successful August 2020.

A reappraisal recovered that the hospital’s situation had astatine slightest partly contributed to the deaths of 2 children, 1 of whom died aft being infected by a uncommon bacteria. It identified 76 cases wherever uncommon bacteria infections were “possibly” linked to the hospital’s situation and 33 cases that were “probably” linked to it.

The enquiry volition besides see the design, operation and commissioning of the RHCYP and the DCN successful Edinburgh.

A planned opening of the £230m RHCYP connected 9 July was cancelled, 5 days earlier it was meant to happen, aft investigating of the ventilation strategy recovered lone 4 aerial changes were happening per hr alternatively of 10. It yet opened successful March 2021.

Meanwhile, the £840m QEUH field successful Glasgow opened successful April 2015, and has faced a bid of contamination incidents since, linked to issues with h2o prime and ventilation systems.

An autarkic reappraisal recovered a “series of problems” with the plan and physique of the hospital, but nary wide grounds to nexus those failures to immoderate “avoidable deaths”.

Greater Glasgow Health Board is suing Multiplex, Brookfield Europe, Currie & Brown, and Capita Property and Infrastructure for £72.8m implicit a bid of defects it says were recovered astatine the QEUH.

These see alleged problems with its h2o system, ventilation, works and gathering services capacity, glazing, doors, heating, atrium extortion and different issues. The installation opened successful 2015.

Aside from considering whether the design, physique and commissioning of the hospitals were capable to execute the functions they were intended to deliver, the enquiry volition besides look astatine whether they conform to regulations.