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Growing scandal at ‘super hospital’ demands Tuesday statement from Freeman

The growing scandal at Scotland’s most expensive hospital demands an urgent statement from the health secretary, the Scottish Conservatives have said.

Jeane Freeman is scheduled to appear before MSP later this month to explain the rising number of serious incidents at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Glasgow.

But following more reports this weekend of child deaths, and the intensifying calls from parents for answers from the SNP government, shadow health secretary Miles Briggs said Ms Freeman must make a statement on Tuesday.

She has been accused of covering up deaths of children linked to a contaminated water supply, and Mr Briggs said she now has to reassure patients at the hospital that the environment is safe.

Scottish Conservative shadow health secretary Miles Briggs said:

“Jeane Freeman has to make a statement on this growing scandal on Tuesday.

“The families of those children affected by this simply cannot afford to wait any longer for answers.

“We need to know exactly what’s going on at a hospital the SNP planned, built and now runs.

“It’s simply not good enough for the health secretary to punt this into the long grass.

“There is now real concern among patients, their families and staff that this isn’t just a historic issue, and many simply don’t trust the hospital to provide care safely.”

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