The inquiry into Scottish hospitals is expected to take years, prompting calls for more immediate action.

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The investigation into Scottish hospitals is expected to take years, prompting calls for more immediate action.

A’serious risk to vulnerable patients,’ according to the widow of a senior Scottish Government official who died at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

The investigation into deadly infections at Glasgow’s flagship hospital is expected to take years, raising concerns that action is being taken too slowly.

It is a “serious risk to vulnerable patients,” according to the widow of a senior Scottish Government official who died at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Louise Slorance, 45, claimed that staff at the hospital “never mentioned” that her husband Andrew, 49, had contracted a mold-related infection while he was there.

Mr Slorance, a father of five, was being treated for cancer at the QEUH last year when he tested positive for Covid, which his wife said he also caught there.

She claimed she only found out he had aspergillus niger, a fungal infection caused by a type of mold, after going over his medical records.

“The hospital remains a serious risk to vulnerable patients like Andrew,” she told the Daily Record, adding that the building’s interiors “need to be ripped out.”

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar claimed at First Minister’s Questions on Thursday that there was a “culture of cover-up, secrecy, and denial” at the Glasgow hospital over a series of infections in patients, calling it “the worst scandal of the devolution era.”

“There would be resignations and sackings in any other country in the world,” he added, “but there is denial and cover-up under this government.”

How many more families must suffer the loss of a loved one before someone is held accountable?”

Nicola Sturgeon said her officials had already contacted NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) “to ensure that the concerns raised are properly investigated.”

She did not want to “pre-empt” the findings of the Scottish Hospitals Inquiry, which is investigating safety concerns at the QEUH and other locations.

“The findings and any recommendations that come out of that public inquiry should, must, and will be implemented,” she told MSPs.

However, it is understood that officials at the inquiry do not expect the investigation to be completed and its findings published for several years, meaning that patients’ families will have to wait a long time.

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The investigation into Scottish hospitals is expected to take years, prompting calls for more immediate action.

Scottish hospitals inquiry ‘will take years’, prompting calls for more urgent action

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