21 January 2019

The SNP has serious questions to answer over what it knew about concerns about potential infections at the £840 million flagship Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

It has already been confirmed that the government knew about fungal infections at the hospital last December.

Now, reports in the Daily Record today suggest the then Health Secretary, Shona Robison, received concerns about the volume on pigeons and associated risks last March.

SNP MSP Alex Neil has already called for a public inquiry over what has gone wrong at the hospital. Scottish Labour has today has tabled a topical question at the Scottish Parliament in a bid to get the current Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, to explain what has gone wrong.

Scottish Labour Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Monica Lennon, said:

“The SNP government has serious questions to answer over what has gone wrong here.

“We know officials knew about concerns in December and it now transpires patients and their families were raising concerns about the matter last March.

“Patients, NHS staff and the wider public need to be reassured as a matter of urgency that the government is on top of this, that’s why Health Secretary Jeane Freeman must update Parliament as soon as possible.

"Questions have been building up for days about maintenance and routine procedures, in what is the latest controversy to overshadow Scotland’s super-hospital, and Scottish Labour will continue to press for answers and solutions. There can be no messing around when it comes to the safety of vulnerable patients.”

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