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Start date set for inquiry into hospital problems

26 Jun 20 The Scottish government has announced that the public inquiry into problems with some building systems in new hospitals will begin in August.

QEUH is one of the hospitals covered by the public inquiry
QEUH is one of the hospitals covered by the public inquiry

The public inquiry will cover the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) campus in Glasgow and the Royal Hospital for Children & Young People and Department of Clinical Neurosciences in Edinburgh.

Health secretary Jeane Freeman has confirmed that the inquiry will begin its work on 3 August 2020, chaired by Lord Brodie. She ordered the statutory inquiry to examine issues relating to ventilation and other key building systems at the sites following concerns from parents.

Freeman said: “The safety and well-being of all patients and their families is my top priority and should be the primary consideration in all NHS construction projects.

“I want to make sure this is the case for all future projects, which is why, following calls from affected parents, I announced a Public Inquiry to examine the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People and Department of Clinical Neurosciences and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital sites.

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“The inquiry’s remit and terms of reference were published on 15 June 2020 and I was pleased to have consulted with Lord Brodie, party spokespeople and patients and families during the drafting process.

“This is a statutory public inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 meaning it will have the power to require witnesses to attend and to disclose information relating to the inquiry’s work.  It is entirely independent and its conduct, procedures and lines of enquiry are a matter for the chair.”

Lord Brodie said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has inevitably had an impact on preparations for the Inquiry and I look forward to being able to make progress in due course. An early action will be to invite those who have been impacted by the issues set out in the terms of reference to contact the inquiry.”

A separate independent review into the QEUH led by Dr Andrew Fraser and Dr Brian Montgomery published its findings on 15 June 2020. 

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