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Poor hygiene at C diff hospital

8th June 2010

An outbreak of Clostridium difficile at the Vale of Leven Hospital in West Dunbartonshire in Scotland is the subject of an ongoing inquiry.


The outbreak is considered to be Scotland's worst case of the bug. 55 patients contracted C diff and 18 died at the hospital from December 2007 to June 2008.

Of the 18 people who died, C diff was deemed to be the cause of nine deaths and a "contributory factor" towards the remaining nine.

Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon gave the order for the inquiry to be carried out in 2009. 

Testimonies are being given at the Community Central Halls in Glasgow, where the chair of the inquiry is Lord MacLean.

The inquiry began with a one minute silence in memory of people who had lost their lives because of the outbreak.

The first person to give evidence was Mrs Bowes, whose mother was admitted to a ward at the hospital. She described how she noticed the ward was affected by a diarrhoea bug.

She said she felt that bug played a part in her mother's death. She told the inquiry: "At many times I felt that perhaps there wasn't as robust an inspection system as there should have been."

"I hope that a more firm and more robust inspection is put in place. I feel that something has to be done,"she added.

The first review of systems at the hospital after the outbreak discovered "inadequate" infection controls.


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