News in brief: C. diff apology demand, book week celebrated

A full apology to families affected by the C. Diff outbreak at the Vale of Leven Hospital has been demanded by MSP Jackie Baillie.

The report by Lord MacLean was finally published this week – seven years after the first victims died – and it pinned the blame on NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Jackie, MSP for the Dumbarton constituency, said: “Today is a day of mixed emotions for the families of those who lost their lives between 2007 and 2008.

“They were vindicated in their call for a public inquiry as the report identified significant failings at every level of the health service and government.

“The C.Diff outbreak at the Vale of Leven Hospital was the worst in the UK due to the high mortality rate. The families deserve nothing less than a full apology from the hospital management, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the Scottish Government for the mistakes which compromised patient care.”

Libraries in Helensburgh and Cove are celebrating the enjoyment of books and reading this week as part of Book Week Scotland.

Authors are visiting libraries all over Argyll and Bute which are still run by the local council – and in Cove a book festival is being held, despite the council closing the library several years ago

Lisa O’Donnell, who will visit Helensburgh Library, is originally from Rothesay but has lived in Los Angeles and has published two novels The Death of Bees, which won the Commonwealth Book Prize, and her latest work Closed Doors which is based in Rothesay.

She will be in Helensburgh library at 7pm tonight (Tuesday November 25).

Volunteers now run the library in Cove Burgh Hall, and this weekend the hall will host the first Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival – click here for details.