Figures due next week are expected to reveal that the numbers of deaths related to C-Diff in Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital are rising.
It is anticipated that we will hear from the NHS that Gartnavel had 18 deaths directly attributable to C-diff in the last year alone and another 6 deaths where C-Diff was a contributing factor. This figure is an increase on the 10 deaths recorded in the previous year as directly attributable to C-Diff.
Questions have also been raised by Patricia Ferguson, Labour MSP for Maryhill, over the government’s claims that no death certificates have been altered to try and mask the extent of the C-Diff crisis.Patrick McGuire of Thompsons represents families from across Scotland who have lost loved ones to the superbug.
“It is strange that it has taken this long for NHS Greater Glasgow to come forward with these figures, especially given public concern in relation to hospital acquired infections.
There is real concern that the extent C-Diff is affecting hospitals across Scotland is so unclear. This serves to re-iterate the need for prompt national inquiries into the outbreak.”
The Scottish Government have downplayed the figures concerning Gartnavel by pointing out that Gartnavel is much bigger than the Vale of Leven , with a large proportion of elderly patients.
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