RIAS welcome public inquiry into hospital failings
September 25 2019
The RIAS has welcomed a decision by the Scottish Government to launch a public inquiry into failings at both the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.
Health secretary Jeanne Freeman announced the inquiry last week citing the ‘safety and well-being’ of patients and to avoid a repeat in future NHS builds.
RIAS president Robin Webster OBE commented: “The removal of a co-ordinating overseer with professional independence; a broad and comprehensive understanding of the building design and the procurement process; with the time to apply that understanding and vitally, the executive authority to influence it, has inevitably allowed many gaps in the procurement process to open up; such that responsibilities are clouded, and appropriate resolution of issues fails to occur.”
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