Medics angry ahead of debate on safety at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

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A group of senior physicians at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) in Glasgow have complained about “unfounded criticism” of clinical teams and staff.

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In a letter to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Hamza Yusuf, 23 senior physicians “…have expressed their extreme dismay”.

The physicians wrote: “As NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde physicians and clinical leaders, we express our dismay about the way our hospitals, our colleagues and the treatment of our patients are being portrayed in the press and in the chamber. and writes to express his dismay. of the Scottish Parliament.”


They say: “We are particularly disappointed that individual patients are being discussed in Parliament without the knowledge of the families concerned, leaving families already grieving the loss of a loved one.

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This baseless criticism of our clinical teams and staff, as well as the safety of our hospitals, is extremely damaging to the morale of the staff at a time when so much is being asked of them.

23 senior doctors in a letter to Nicola Sturgeon

“Our staff in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, which includes the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus, provide professional, dedicated care to our patients and as we prepare for a challenging winter, this continued criticism of our staff is undoubtedly causing them distress and worry.

“This baseless criticism of the safety of our clinical teams and staff, as well as our hospitals, is extremely damaging to staff morale at a time when so much is being asked of them.”

The letter comes before Labor leader Anas Sarwar called on Ms Sturgeon to “finally do the right thing and sack the leadership at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow”.

Labor claim photos of mold recently discovered at QEUH and published in an academic paper highlight the risk of water in seeding infections inside hospitals.

Labor’s opposition business proposal focuses on patient safety, and calls on the Scottish Parliament to withdraw its confidence in the leadership of the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Heath Board.

The vote came after families and physicians came forward to speak about a series of deaths at the major hospital spanning the past five years.

Mr Sarwar said that repeated requests made by the kin of those who died of infection in the hospital have been ignored.


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