NHS Lothian whistleblowing doc quizzed by police

St John's Hospital. Pic: Ian Georgeson

St John's Hospital. Pic: Ian Georgeson

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A WHISTELBLOWING doctor at the centre of a gagging row with NHS Lothian has reportedly been questioned by detectives.

Police are said to have interviewed Dr Jane Hamliton for two hours ahead of a possible criminal inquiry into concerns raised within the mother and baby unit at St John’s Hospital in Livingston.

Dr Hamilton insists the health service is failing to properly respond to whistleblowing and has taken moves to silence her. However the health board say her allegations are “extremely disappointing”. The mother and baby unit at St John’s helps women with mental health problems after giving birth.

Dr Hamilton, was in charge of the St John’s unit, and told her bosses that shortcomings in care would lead to someone dying.

Since her warning, two patients are said to have taken their own lives. A police spokesman said: “Inquiries are at an early stage and officers have yet to determine whether any criminal activity has taken place.”