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    Superbug death inquiry reveals shocking failing
    Helen Puttick
    Health Correspondent
    Tuesday 25 November 2014

    A PUBLIC inquiry into a catastrophic infection outbreak that claimed the lives of 34 people in a hospital has revealed shocking failures at every level, from basic nursing to the Scottish Government.

    After a seven-year wait for answers, the families who lost relatives as a result of the Clostridium difficile bug spread at the Vale of Leven Hospital, Dunbartonshire, have heard they were the victims of a catalogue of appalling problems.

    The report stated:

    l Standards of nursing on the wards had lapsed.

    l Medical staff were too junior.

    l Managers did not know enough about what was going on.

    l And the Scottish Government had failed to learn lessons from similar outbreaks elsewhere...