HEALTH BOARD STATEMENT ON LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

The hospitals at the centre of the court proceedings.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has served a summons on Multiplex, Capita Property and Infrastructure Ltd and Currie and Brown UK Limited for losses and damages incurred due to a number of technical issues within the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Children.

Given the public interest in the hospitals and legal proceedings, the summons has now been published.

The summons sets out where the requirements of NHSGGC were not met in either design, commissioning or building stages in eleven specific areas.

The legal action is being taken following a review commissioned by NHSGGC to consider how these technical issues arose and any further actions required.

Specific issues have also been the subject of a further external review. An independent review by Health Protection Scotland (HPS) into the water supply confirmed contamination of the water system in 2018.

The independent review by HPS, which was commissioned by NHSGGC, was established to investigate a number of probable linked cases of infection associated with the water supply.

HPS agreed with the measures proposed by NHSGGC to address the water system issues – and these actions have been taken.

The report and the remedial work carried out by NHSGGC have been shared with families, the public and other stakeholders.
 
Grant Jane Health Board CEO 1Jane Grant, Chief Executive, right, said:  “We would assure patients and their families that patient safety is paramount and that patient care at the two hospitals is of a high standard.

“Our staff strive at all times to provide high quality care and I would like to thank them for their continued professionalism and dedication during this time.

“Whilst we are now taking legal action on a number of design and installation issues, it is important to stress that the hospitals continue to provide safe and effective care.

“A significant amount of work has already taken place including the remedial action on the water supply and the ventilation.

“We know that patients, families and staff have been caused concern as the issues have emerged and I am sorry for any distress caused.

“As the matters are now the subject of court proceedings, we are not in a position to comment further.”
 
Summons:https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/media/258718/2020-01-22-qeuh-finalised-summons.pdf
 
Precis:https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/media/258719/note-re-proceedings-raised-against-mpx.pdf

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