15 September 2019

Scottish Labour has repeated demands for a public inquiry into major hospital scandals in Edinburgh and Glasgow as the crises at two major hospitals deepening under freeman’s watch

The opening of the long-awaited new Royal Children’s Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh was blocked by the Health Secretary Jeane Freeman on safety grounds in July and the flagship Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow remains subject to an independent probe after patients died after contracting hospital acquired infections. Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Health Secretary Monica Lennon MSP said:

“Jeane Freeman has no grip whatsoever on the chaos and farce at Scotland’s biggest hospitals. She has lost control of the NHS and patients are being failed.

“Accusations of a safety cover-up at the QEUH are growing by the day and the families of Scotland’s sickest children are rightly demanding answers.

“Money is being thrown at these broken hospitals in Glasgow and Edinburgh in a desperate attempt to make them safe, but no one is prepared to take any blame.

“The only way we’ll get to the truth and hold those responsible to account is through an independent public inquiry. Nicola Sturgeon must put the people before her party and agree to a public inquiry into the QEUH and Sick Kids scandals without any further delay.

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