The hospital bug Clostridium Difficile caused or contributed to nearly 300 deaths in Scotland in six months, an unprecedented investigation revealed yesterday.
The devastating toll the infection is taking on Scottish hospital wards was revealed at the same time as a highly critical report into a deadly outbreak of the bug the Vale of Leven Hospital in Dunbartonshire was published.
Charges could now be considered against health board NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, as the review of practices at the Vale has been passed to the area procurator-fiscal to consider if further action should be taken.
Between December last year and June 2008, 55 patients were diagnosed with C Diff infections at the Vale. Nine of these died as a direct result of the bug and it was a factor in a further nine deaths.
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