Andrew Slorance’s widow calls for ‘cover’ over death of government official

The widow of a senior Scottish government official has claimed that all details of his death have been withheld to protect the reputation of a struggling Glasgow hospital.

Andrew Slorance was treated for cancer at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and his wife Louise now believes he caught Covid and another potentially fatal infection there.

Mr Slorance was the head of the Scottish Government’s response and communications unit, which was responsible for its handling of the Covid pandemic.

Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon paid tribute upon his death, describing the Edinburgh father of five as a “wonderful person” who made a difference in everything he did.

The 49-year-old man was hospitalized at the end of October 2020 for a stem cell transplant and chemotherapy as part of the treatment for mantle cell lymphoma (MCL).

He died almost six weeks after the start of his stay, the cause of his death being listed as Covid pneumonia.

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After requesting a copy of her medical notes, Ms Slorance discovered that her husband had also been treated for an infection caused by a fungus called aspergillus, which she said had not been discussed with either of them during his stay at the hospital.

Infection is common in the environment but can be extremely dangerous for people with weakened immune systems.

Ms. Slorance believes that the authorities wanted to protect the hospital, which is already the subject of a public inquiry, and its reputation, “at all costs”.

She told the BBC: “I believe that someone and probably a number of people have made an active decision not to inform their family about this infection, either upon admission or after death.”

“The impact of the board of health hiding the fungal infection will have lifelong impacts on all of our family members, including five children.

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“The reason? To protect a building, a board of health and political decision-making.”

Ms Slorance has called for a full investigation of the aspergillus cases on the hospital campus.

She said: “I’ll never know if it was Aspergillus or Covid, so I can’t mourn a death that I don’t fully understand.”

In response, the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: ‘We are sorry the family are not happy with aspects of Mr Slorance’s treatment, details of which were discussed with the family at the time.

“While we cannot comment on individual patients, we do not acknowledge the claims made.

“We are confident that the proper care has been provided. There has been a clinical review of this case and we would like to reassure the family that we have been open and honest and that there has been no attempt to hide it from them. informations.”

The board of health offered to meet with Mr. Slorance’s family to discuss the care provided and the issues they raised.

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