Architects support public inquiry into hospital failings

A public inquiry to examine issues at the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People (RHCYP) and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) sites has been welcomed by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

Architects support public inquiry into hospital failings

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

The Scottish Government called the inquiry earlier this month in response to recent concerns from affected parents over safety and wellbeing.

The inquiry will determine how vital issues relating to ventilation and other key building systems occurred, and what steps can be taken to prevent this being repeated in future projects.

RIAS president Robin Webster OBE said: “The RIAS welcome the move by health minister Jeane Freeman’s to hold an inquiry into the delivery of Scotland’s two hospitals.  This follows our earlier support for inquiries into failures in Schools across Scotland and our continued involvement in these discussions.

“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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