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Police probe NHS negligence claims.

Byline: Stuart Wilson

POLICE Scotland are investigating a claim of criminal negligence by health bosses.

A complaint made by whistleblower Rab Wilson that deaths within NHS Ayrshire and Arran could have been prevented has reached Chief Constable Stephen House's desk.

He has sent a team from the Serious Crime Directorate to sift through the evidence.

The probe follows last year's revelation that critical incident reports - vital learning tools used by health staff - were not passed on by bosses.

Rab, a former mental health nurse at the Ailsa Hospital, has welcomed the decision by police to get involved.

He said: "Having spoken with the detectives, it is very reassuring to see how seriously they are taking this.

"Once the full facts have been presented to them, I am sure action will be taken. A huge pile of reports was finally made public last year but they should have been in the hands of the staff who needed them long ago.

"It has been a cover-up from the start, yet there is still no accountability at the very top.

"If deaths occurred due to lessons that weren't learned through these reports, that is criminal negligence on behalf of the executive directors."


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 11, 2013
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