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An inquiry into the outbreak of clostridium difficile has commenced in Glasgow. 55 patients developed C-Diff, leaving 18 dead at the Vale of Leven Hospital between December 2007 and June 2008. The outbreak was directly blamed for nine deaths and a major factor in nine others.

The inquiry into the deadly C-Diff outbreak was instigated by Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon. The Rt Hon Lord MacLean chairs the inquiry and the official remit includes investigating the circumstances that contributed to the outbreak, the systems that the hospital had in place to prevent or reduce it from spreading and also how patients and their families were treated during the outbreak.

The hospital has been strongly criticised, with the daughter and daughter-in-law of one victim telling the inquiry that they were very distressed at the conditions they found their mother in, with the staff seemingly unable to attend to basic needs and not admitting to or adhering to correct procedures following a C-Diff outbreak.  Another woman, whose father was a World War Two veteran, said nursing staff did not seem to know how to deal with the outbreak of infection. She said “We find it ironic that our father survived Dunkirk and the war, but didn’t survive a stay in the Vale of Leven Hospital…he was badly let down by the NHS and as a result lost his life.”

The final report and its recommendations are expected by the end of May 2011.

If you or a loved one has been affected by Clostridium Difficile Infection (C Diff) you may be entitled to claim compensation from the Health Authority or Hospital Trust responsible for the provision of medical services at the hospital concerned.  Contact our specialist lawyers on 0800 0891331 and we will advise you on your first step towards receiving the compensation you deserve on a No Win No Fee basis.

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