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Upset over c. diff deaths from hospital outbreak

Posted in: Medical Negligence Wrongful & Accidental Death 

MSP Jackie Baillie broke down in tears in parliament earlier this week with the belief that not enough has been done following the numerous deaths caused by a C. diff outbreak between 2007 and 2008. Ms Baillie has campaigned on behalf of those patients who lost their lives in the infection outbreak for several years, but says that there has still been no justice.

The outbreak happened at Vale of Leven Hospital between 2007 and 2008. Of the 143 patients who became ill from the outbreak, 34 patients lost their lives. An inquiry into the care provided at the hospital concluded that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) had badly let down” its patients.

“Justice has not yet been done”

Ms Baillie argued that the cost of the inquiry into what happened at the hospital cost more than £10 million. She told parliament that the compensation offered to the affected families was £1 million. Ms Baillie said:

“Although the families are solely motivated by the desire to ensure that this doesn’t happen to anyone else in Scotland, I cannot help but feel that justice has not yet been done.”

The Health Secretary Shona Robinson said that this was definitely an issue to be investigated. She said that it is difficult for the government to control the costs of an inquiry, but that it should definitely be looked into and families should be compensated for their loss.

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