Victims of Legionnaires’ disease in the Wester Hailles and Sighthill areas of Edinburgh are demanding responses regarding the source of Legionella bacteria that infected them.
The victims and their families are angrily calling for “an end to secrecy” because, despite please, none of the investigation findings have been released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or the Crown Office.
During the outbreak in 2012, four people died and 45 others were hospitalized due to Legionnaires’ disease in Edinburgh. Six cooling towers were tested, but the findings still have not been released.
58-year old Gavin Thomson, a victim of the outbreak, said “I was so ill I ended up in intensive care. I really thought it was the end. The doctors told my family to prepare for the worst… it’s time officials put an end to secrecy.”
An attorney representing 35 families said “The source of a similar outbreak in Stoke-on-Trent two months later was made public within a month.
“It is wrong that almost two years on our clients do not know where the outbreak came from.
“How long do they have to wait for evidence to proceed with their cases? The families of the dead need answers as do those who became seriously ill.”
According to HSE and Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) spokespersons, the HSE investigation is ongoing and reports are in the process of being submitted to the COPFS.