NHS failures over superbug that killed 34 people

The inquiry into Clostridium difficile (C.diff) at the Vale of Leven Hospital in Dunbartonshire was set up in 2009 after 34 patients died.

It investigated the treatment of 63 patients at the hospital between December 2007 and June 2008, and found that many had been “badly let down” by NHS staff.

Inquiry chairman Lord MacLean published the report yesterday at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow and blamed NHS chiefs and Scottish Government ministers for the tragedy.

He made 75 recommendations, covering areas including infection prevention and control, nursing and medical care and antibiotic prescribing.