AN inquiry team set up to investigate a spate of infections in a children's cancer ward in Glasgow is due to report its findings.

Patients at the Royal Hospital for Children were moved to ward 6A of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) because of infection concerns. However, that ward was later closed to new patients because of the risk.

The Health Secretary said a report by the Incident Management Team set up to investigate the source of the infections was imminent and a decision would then be taken on whether to re-open the ward.

It is not known when paediatric cancer patients will return to the children's hospital. Work has been ongoing to upgrade ventillation systems in the hospital.

Ms Freeman was challenged for an update on the situation by Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins who said children with cancer “deserved better than to be sent to the other end of the country.”

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Problems with the water supply in the cancer wards in the children’s hospital were discovered in January last year. Several children developed bacterial infections.

Seven months later, 22 children were moved from the children’s hospital to QEUH. One of the children who had been transferred died in January after picking up a bug related to pigeon droppings while in the adult hospital.

Emergency cash has been made available for Glasgow children forced to travel as far as Aberdeen for cancer treatment due to a ward closure.

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Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: "I with the collective support of the board and the clinicians—asked an incident management team, with the help of Health Protection Scotland, to oversee the work that has been done to identify the source of the infections and the prevention measures and steps that have been put in place, with a view to reaching a collective decision on whether the ward is safe to be opened to new admissions.

"I expect that IMT to reach a decision shortly. It held a meeting this week and I look forward to receiving its update on that."