After 7 years and £10m, Vale C diff report will finally be published

The report of the public inquiry into the worst outbreak of Clostridium difficile (C diff) outbreak in Scotland will finally be published next month – seven years after the first victims died.

The disease was a contributory factor in the deaths of 28 people at the Vale of Leven Hospital and the inquiry began in February 2010, but its publication has been delayed five times.

Now the report of the £10.1m inquiry led by retired judge Lord MacLean is due finally to be published on November 24 – three and a half years late.

Dumbarton constituency MSP Jackie Baillie said it was ‘simply unacceptable’ that families which had lost their loved ones had had to wait so long for answers.

“The publication of the report has already been pushed back five times so I welcome the news that next month the families of those who died will finally get the answers they have been waiting for,” she said.

“I appreciate that the inquiry team needs time to consider all the evidence but we need to know exactly what went wrong so hospitals across Scotland can learn lessons to ensure such a tragedy never happens again.

“Although compensation has never been a motivating factor for the families I simply observe that the total cost of the inquiry is likely to be much more than the families will ever receive in compensation.”