Thompsons are assisting the families of the C-Difficile (C-Diff) Vale of Leven Victims in obtaining justice. Thompsons and the families of the victims met with Cabinet Minister, Nicola Sturgeon to find out the results of the Independent Review carried out by a team led by Professor Cairns Smith from Aberdeen University. This review was requested by the Health Secretary. Although the meeting, the apologies from both the Health Secretary and the Health Board and indeed the results of the review were welcomed by the family members they are of the opinion that this is merely a step in the right direction.
The review confirmed their fears that the hospital had failed in their duty to their loved ones. It was confirmed that there was a shortage of hand basins, a lack of isolation facilities, overcrowding, a lack of hygiene and education. The hospital has received much criticism in the wake of the report.
The Vale of Leven has been threatened by closure for the past 10 years but the Health Secretary has assured that the debate about the hospital will now change. The families are worried about the future of the hospital. Although it clearly has problems they do not want to see the local amenity closed down. The Health Secretary has advised that the focus will now be on bringing the hospital back into line with national standards.
A report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal who will be investigating matters further. However the families remain clearly of the view that the only way forward is a full Public Judicial Inquiry. They want matters to be discussed in an open forum and they want the chance to ask the questions which were not asked by the Independent Review Team. Although the Report did confirm that the hospital's facilities, surveillance, and infection control was clearly inadequate there are still many questions that have gone unanswered. The families justifiably want more answers. Thompsons will assist in everyway possible in obtaining answers and Justice for the victims.
Thompsons took the leading cases on Inquiries on Human Rights for infections in hospital for Hepatitis C victims and this case lays the foundation for families whose loved one has died from C-Difficile (or MRSA) to have an Inquiry held. As well as hospitals under NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, there are cases arising out of NHS Grampian and the problem is of increasing concern.
Thompsons have offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen with access to offices throughout the UK.
If you or someone you love has suffered with C-Difficile (C-Diff) please call our specialist No Win No Fee lawyers on 0800 0891331 and we can advise you on your first step towards receiving compensation.