The families of victims of the C-Diff epidemic at the Vale of Leven Hospital have welcomed the decision to widen the public inquiry’s remit to include a similar outbreak at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.
The inquiry was originally set up to probe the deaths of 18 people at the Vale of Leven Hospital, but will now also consider the C-Diff outbreak in Dundee last year when five patients died.
Michelle Stewart of the families' C-Diff Justice Group said: “We welcome the extension of the inquiry's remit to include the Ninewells outbreak, because these cases are a grim reminder that we still have a major problem with C-Diff.
“We have maintained all along that all Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon's knee-jerk responses would never get to the bottom of what went so terribly wrong at the Vale of Leven.
“That's why fought so hard for this inquiry. But it must be given the time it needs to get to the truth and not be hampered by timelines.”
Oral hearings for the inquiry are expected to start in June at the Community Central Hall in Maryhill, Glasgow, where the Stockline Inquiry was held.
The group's solicitor Patrick McGuire of Thompsons Solicitors who also represented the Stockline families at the Maryhill venue said: “The C-Diff families accept that Maryhill is a suitable venue, but the Inquiry must ensure that the additional travel and other costs does not restrict their contribution to the proceedings”
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