Scots police urged to reopen probe into more than 40 deaths at troubled health board : Express.

POLICE Scotland has been urged to reopen the investigation into more than 40 deaths at a troubled health board after the force watchdog upheld a string of serious complaints.


Kate Frame, the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC), has ordered senior officers to explain why no interviews were carried out and why no independent evidence was sought following a report involving multiple fatalities.

The damning verdict with five of six complaints upheld is another blow for the single force, which has been rocked by gross misconduct allegations against Chief Constable Phil Gormley.

Five years ago, whistleblower Rab Wilson, a former nurse with NHS Ayrshire and Arran, exposed a cover-up at the health board involving 56 so-called critical incidents and at least 40 deaths.

In April 2013, he made a report to Police Scotland and said many of the deaths might have been avoided if NHS managers had not attempted to hide their mistakes.

Six months later detectives passed a report to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) and the Health and Safety Executive, with prosecutors then ruling that no further action was required.

After uncovering further evidence about deadly hospital failures in Ayrshire, Mr Wilson made further appeals for action to the police, the Crown and the Scottish Government.

If this is happening in one health board what the hell is going on in the others?

Rab Wilson

He eventually lodged an official complaint with the force in May last year and went to PIRC when he was not happy with the response.

Now Ms Frame’s verdict has confirmed the single force failed to properly look into one of the country’s biggest ever healthcare scandals.

Read More : Express.


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