The Scottish Papers: Child Deaths in Crisis Hospital and Army Overhaul


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The “crisis” at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital features on several Scottish front pages after Labor leader Anas Sarwar highlighted it again during Prime Minister’s Questions on Thursday. He revealed that two other children had died there from nosocomial infections. The Daily Record reports that Mr Sarwar called on Nicola Sturgeon to “dismiss the board of health leadership. Today”.

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The i leads with the same story, saying that leading clinicians have stepped forward to expose these new deaths. The newspaper says doctors are now asking if hospital officials are doing enough to keep people safe at the flagship hospital.

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The Scottish Daily Mail reports a “deadly culture of denial” at QEUH. It also says whistleblowers claimed that despite lingering concerns about deaths from previous infection, the deaths had not been properly investigated.

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The Scotsman says one of the children died from the same infection suffered by the late Scottish government official Andrew Slorance. He also reports Anas Sarwar explaining that the second death involved a waterborne infection similar to the virus that is believed to have killed 10-year-old Milly Main, one of the cases at the heart of the current Scottish hospital investigation.

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“Take control of the crisis hospital,” said the Scottish Daily Express, quoting Mr Sarwar as he called for the dismissal of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde leadership team. Mr Sarwar accused the prime minister of “gross negligence” in handling the crisis.

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The Herald highlights the “culture of denial” among senior board of health officials about the magnitude of the threat to the hospital. The board of health responds, saying it is “fully committed to being completely open and transparent” and that infection control is “rigorous and of the highest quality.”

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An announcement from the Department of Defense on its future plans for the military field is featured in The Courier. The newspaper reports that Scotland’s historic Black Watch Battalion may move to an expanded base in Leuchars in Fife.

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The P&J calls the new plans a “double-edged sword” as it reveals the Kinloss barracks must be saved from closure, but the Black Watch will leave its Fort George barracks in Inverness in 2029, three years ahead of schedule. .

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In terms of the military, The National accuses the British government of politicizing the armed forces and of creating a “division of the Union”. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told the House of Commons that under the “Future Soldier” project, the military will be “at the heart of the Union”, with an increased proportion of the military in each of the nations. decentralized.

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The Times is leading with worrying revelations from scientists about a new variant of the coronavirus. Flights from several southern African countries will be halted from 12:00 GMT on Friday due to fears over the rapid spread of this new strain which could be more virulent than the currently dominant Delta variant. The main image is of a group of migrants who he says have not been seen since a dinghy capsized in the English Channel on Wednesday.

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The Channel tragedy is at the center of the Daily Telegraph, which hears the husband of an Iraqi-Kurdish woman who believes his wife drowned in Wednesday’s incident. Maryam Nuri is considered by her family to be one of the 27 dead, according to the newspaper.

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“We just want to live like you,” the Metro headline reads as it reports the reaction to Wednesday’s Channel tragedy, in which 27 people died. The newspaper says desperate migrants say they are always willing to risk their lives for a better life in the UK. He quotes a man from Iraq saying, “You only have one life.

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The Glasgow Times claims that a third of those in difficulty in the city are children. He says 2,000 children are at risk of spending Christmas homeless, in temporary accommodation in Glasgow.

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The Edinburgh Evening News leads with a court case into the death of pensioner Margaret Grant. Serial criminal Martin Stewart killed the 79-year-old woman after entering her home pretending to be a mailman. Stewart has admitted culpable homicide and will be sentenced next month.

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A Dundee businessman has offered a reward for the safe return of Santa Claus after the £ 500 figure was taken from a city location. CCTV captured the moment the 5ft Santa Claus was uprooted from his position at the entrance to the Caird.

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The Evening Express brings us the latest news from the rabbit. He warns drivers of the danger of hitting rabbits at Garthdee Roundabout in Aberdeen after a mysterious rabbit feeder created a population of oversized rabbits. He advises: “Don’t hit big asses with your bumpers.”

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I’m a Celebrity is in “crisis,” according to the Scottish Sun after TV host Richard Madeley left the show for medical reasons. The newspaper said the show’s bosses fear an “exodus” as two other candidates show signs of willingness to resign.

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And the national trials of pop superstar Madonna make the front pages of the Daily Star. It shows the singer face down with her legs sticking out from under a bed. Thought of the day? “Just imagine the dust and caramel wrappers under that bed. “

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