Son demands answers over mum’s legionnaires’ death

John and Sandra Maitland. Picture: Comp
John and Sandra Maitland. Picture: Comp
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A grieving son is demanding answers and the release of vital files by the Crown Office on Edinburgh’s legionnaires’ outbreak almost two years after his mother died.

John Maitland’s mother, Sandra, 61, from Tollcross, died after contracting the disease during the June 2012 outbreak in the Capital which claimed the lives of four people while 45 others needed hospital treatment.

Mrs Maitland was in hospital for several weeks and while there was told she would not be able to have the heart bypass surgery she had been scheduled to as a result of contracting legionnaires’. Her health continued to deteriorate and she died in September 2013.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) was instructed to review the incident and it submitted its findings to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service last year. However, the report has not been made available to the victims’ families and their legal representatives.

The Scottish Government said investigations into the outbreak are “necessarily a complex and lengthy process” and that it is only right that the Crown Office is given time to consider reports.