Police launch probe into deaths at Glasgow super hospital

Police launch investigation into four deaths at flagship Glasgow hospital including girl, 10, who died on children’s cancer ward

  • The death of 10-year-old Milly Main is to be investigated by Police Scotland 
  • Milly, from Lanark, died in August 2017 in the Royal Hospital for Children 
  • The unit is part of the massive Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow 

The death of Milly Main on a children’s cancer ward is to be investigated by police.

It was last night reported that there would be a criminal probe into the case of the ten-year-old, who was undergoing treatment for leukaemia. Her death is one of four that is being investigated at the hospital.

Milly, from Lanark, died in August 2017 at the Royal Hospital for Children (RHC) in Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH).

Kimberly Darroch, right, pictured with her daughter Milly Main, left, is angry with the ten-year-old’s treatment she received in Glasgow after the youngster contracted a fatal infection while undergoing a bone marrow stem cell transplant

Milly’s condition deteriorated after receiving treatment at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, pictured

Milli Main, 10, died in the hospital in 2017 after catching an infection following stem cell treatment which left her leukaemia in remission

The youngster had received a bone marrow stem cell transplant, but she became seriously unwell with an infection and her condition deteriorated.

Her mother, Kimberly Darroch, believes NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde should be punished after she claimed staff tried to cover up the true nature of her young daughter’s death – leaving her to find out two years later in the media.

Evidence from Miss Darroch was read out this week at an inquiry in Edinburgh which is examining problems at both the QEUH and the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh.

In her statement, Miss Darroch said: ‘My view is that the hospital should be closed. I don’t think it’s safe. I feel like the health board need to be punished for all of this. In my eyes, what happened to my daughter is murder.’

The Daily Record also reported that police will investigate the deaths of two other children and that of a woman aged 73.

The news came as a father whose son was also treated for cancer at the RHC said doctors secretly prescribed a ‘cocktail’ of drugs to stop him catching a fungal infection.

Labour MSP Anas Sarwar, pictured with Milly’s parents Neil Main, left, and Kimberly Darroch, right, is leading calls for an investigation into the youngster’s death

David Campbell’s six-year-old son started treatment for an eye tumour in 2018. Mr Campbell told the Scottish Hospitals Inquiry he was not told about one drug – posaconazole – being part of his son’s medical plan. He said: ‘All we got was a generic handout put under the door to say that it was a medication that the children were going to be put on as protocol, it was better to be safe than sorry.’

Posaconazole can stop fungal infections in people whose immune systems are compromised.

Mr Campbell said his child should have been in a sterile and safe environment. He said: ‘It doesn’t make it right, giving them an anti-venom and letting the snake keep biting away at them.’

The inquiry heard Mr Campbell wrote to Jonathan Best, chief operating officer at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, on January 6 last year about his concerns.

According to a statement from Mr Campbell, Mr Best replied that the health board was first aware of issues in the wards in 2018.

Mr Campbell told the inquiry: ‘I can’t fathom it at all – especially after whistleblower evidence in 2017 from senior clinicians and people in respectable positions in the healthcare environment.’

He added: ‘There is a massive cover-up going on here.’

The inquiry in Edinburgh, chaired by Lord Brodie, continues. 

A Police Scotland spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘The Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has asked Police Scotland to investigate a number of deaths at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus, Glasgow. Our investigation is at a very early stage, it would be inappropriate to comment further.’

A COPFS spokesman said: ‘The Procurator Fiscal has received reports in connection with the deaths of three children and a 73-year-old woman at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus, Glasgow.

“The investigation into the deaths is ongoing and the families will continue to be kept updated in relation to any significant developments.’

The spokesman added: ‘The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is committed to supporting the work of the Scottish Hospitals Inquiry and contributing positively and constructively to that work.’

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