The bosses of the health board in Glasgow should be sacked, according to Anas Sarwar.

The Scottish Labour leader urged First Minister, Humza Yousaf, to remove the board leadership following the revelation they had been “spying” on the relatives of patients who had died.

The health board admitted to monitoring the social media of relatives, including Louise Slorance, whose husband Andrew died at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

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Sarwar said the board leadership was “rotten” and what they were doing was “disgusting” and “shameful”.

He said: “The culture in this board is rotten”.

Sarwar said the First Minister had “empowered the failed leadership of the health board” and added said he should instead: “Sack the rotten leadership of this health board and give justice to these families.”

The First Minister said he was “disturbed” by the reports concerning the monitoring of patients' relatives.

Yousaf said: “There is a level of media monitoring but having listened to the concerns raised by Louise Slorance, Glasgow (health board) have taken the right action and removed her from the media monitoring.

He said the health board should “listen compassionately” to those affected.

He added: “They are reviewing this media monitoring”.

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The First Minister said there is a public inquiry under way (into deaths at the hospital)and Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board will co-operate with it and added: “We will hold Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board to account.”

After the exchange at First Minister’s Questions, Sarwar said: “Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board have paid a private company to spy on Louise Slorance, a grieving widow who lost her husband in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital infections scandal.

“This is just the latest in a litany of shameful incidents that has seen the leadership of this health board intimidate whistle-blowers, engage in a cover-up and frustrate the efforts of grieving families who are looking for justice. “

“The First Minister shouldn’t have to wait for an inquiry to know that spying on the families of dead patients is wrong – he just needs to look at his conscience.”