Friday, 26 June 2009

No criminal charges over 18 superbug deaths at hospital

NO CRIMINAL charges will be brought over an outbreak of Clostridium difficile at a Scottish hospital in which 18 people died, it was announced yesterday.
The outbreak at the Vale of Leven Hospital in Dunbartonshire saw 55 patients infected with the bug between December 2007 and June 2008.

A report which condemned conditions at the hospital and failures in hygiene and infection control was passed to prosecutors last year. But yesterday the Crown Office said there would be no criminal proceedings over the outbreak.

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