Criminal probe launched into death of cancer patient, 10, & 2 other kids as mum slams hospital for ‘killing’ daughter
A CRIMINAL investigation has been launched into “a number of deaths” at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.
The Crown Office has confirmed that the investigation will focus on the deaths of three children and a 73-year-old woman.
A criminal investigation has been launched at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in GlasgowCredit: Alamy
Milly Main’s death has been labeled a ‘murder’ by her motherCredit: PA:Press Association
According to the Daily Record, police in Scotland were instructed by the Crown Office amid claims by Milly’s mother that her daughter’s death was “murder”.
“The tax attorney has received reports in connection with the deaths of three children and a 73-year-old woman on the campus of Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow,” said a spokesperson for the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).
“The investigation into the deaths is ongoing and families will be kept informed of any important developments.”
It is understood that the investigation has already received a report from the Health and Safety Executive.
The report allegedly looked at the building and systems within the hospital.
A Police Scotland spokesperson told the Daily Record: “COPFS has asked Police Scotland to investigate a number of deaths on the campus of Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.
“Our investigation is at a very early stage and it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
In May, a report revealed 10-year-old Milly died after “probably” contracted a water-bound insect at Glasgow hospital.
Tragic Milly died in 2017 after contracting an infection and going into toxic shock.
Her mother Kimberly Darroch said she was “devastated” by the verdict and called on the health board to resign.
Milly was in remission from leukemia when her catheter became infected.
A 2019 NHS report found “widespread contamination” in the hospital’s water supply.
The latest probe stated that Milly’s death was “probably” related to the “hospital environment” – but added that they could not identify a “specific source”.
In a statement read this week, her mother said of the hospital: “My view is that the hospital should be closed. I don’t think it’s safe.
“I have the feeling that the health council should be punished for this. What happened to my daughter is murder in my eyes.”
We never discussed the infection with the hospital, at the time or in the wake of my daughter’s death,” she continued.
“I saw the stenotrophomonas infection on the death certificate and had never heard of it.
‘THIRD WORLD COUNTRY’
“I googled and saw it was an infection in water, but I never found anything off-putting.”
On Monday, a mother whose son was being treated for cancer at Glasgow hospital compared it to a “third world country”.
The devastated mother told the Scottish Hospitals Inquiry that she and her 11-year-old son did not feel safe because of the water hygiene.
The study investigates the construction of the hospital campus and a hospital in Edinburgh.
Also during the investigation, another mother said her son became seriously ill after surgery during his cancer treatment and was told it came from the sewage system at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
The investigation learned how the woman’s 10-year-old child was being treated in the Schiehallion ward, the pediatric cancer ward at the children’s hospital, in September 2018 after he was diagnosed with a kidney tumor when he contracted the bug.
She claimed she was told about the source by two doctors.
“They apologized and told us that the infection he had contracted had come from the sewers and that he was not an isolated case, that he was one of six children who had become ill around the same time and that there appears to be a problem with the building. and the sewage and the water,” she said.
A spokesman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, who leads the QEUH, said: “We are aware of early investigations by Police Scotland into these cases, but it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.”
The Sun Online has contacted Police Scotland for comment.
Milly’s mother Kimberly Darroch told the inquiry the entire board of health ‘should be punished for this’ Credit: PA: Press Association