NHS board formally named as suspect in murder investigation into hospital deaths

A health authority has been named as a formal suspect in a murder investigation into the deaths of four patients at Scotland’s superhospital.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has been under criminal investigation since 2021 after 10-year-old Milly Main’s mother, Kimberly Darroch, said her daughter’s death at the location was “murder”.

Milly Main, who died aged 10, with mother Kimberly Darroch.


Milly Main, who died aged 10, with mother Kimberly Darroch.
Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar has called for the “full force” of the law to be applied.


Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar has called for the “full force” of the law to be applied.Photo credit: PA

And it has now emerged that prosecutors could bring murder charges – although the case appears to be at an early stage.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “COPFS has asked Police Scotland to investigate a number of deaths at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus in Glasgow.”

“Our investigation is ongoing and it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

The Crown Office investigation relates to the deaths of three children, including Milly, and an elderly woman aged 73 at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

An official report found that Milly “probably” died after contracting an infection linked to the hospital’s water supply in 2017.

In a statement, the board said: “Our condolences go out to the families affected by the events at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Children.”

“We have received communication from COPFS regarding this update on the status of their ongoing investigation.

“It should be made clear that this letter does not mean that the COPFS has formed a final opinion.

“They have thanked us for our voluntary contribution so far and we will continue to cooperate with this investigation.”

Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar insisted the “full force of the law” should be used to protect families in the future.

He said: “It has taken us four years to get this far and what Kimberly has been told by police could mean we are now one step closer to justice for Milly.”

“Throughout this ordeal, Kimberly and everyone who lost loved ones have shown extraordinary courage.

“To date, no one has been held accountable for what went so tragically wrong.

“I have long argued that if this scandal had occurred in the private sector there would have been a criminal investigation.

“I hope the full force of the law is used so that no family ever has to go through what Milly’s family went through again.”

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John Verrall

John Verrall is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. John Verrall joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: johnverrall@nytimas.com.

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