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PE01225: Outbreak of Clostridium difficile at the Vale of Leven Hospital


Petitioner: Michelle Stewart on behalf of C.diff Justice Group


Date Lodged: 06 January 2009

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to instruct, with immediate effect, an independent public inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 into the outbreak of clostridium difficile at the Vale of Leven Hospital so that wider lessons for the whole NHS can be learned and that the inquiry involves, and publicly funds, all relevant individuals, groups and organisations affected by the outbreak to determine the inquiry’s terms of reference and identify the issues to be examined.

Petition History:


27 January 2009: The Committee agreed to seek responses to the issues raised in the petition from the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 27 January 2009

5 May 2009: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking responses to the specific points raised during the meeting. Link to Official Report 5 May 2009

8 September 2009: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a further response to specific points. Link to Official Report 8 September 2009

17 November 2009: The Committee agreed to suspend consideration of the petition until the inquiry being conducted by Lord MacLean has concluded and recommendations have been announced. Link to Official Report 17 November 2009

1 November 2011: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 on the grounds that Lord McLean is conducting a public inquiry and has until September 2012 to report and that the petitioner has contributed to the inquiry and is agreeable, in the circumstances, to the petition being closed. Link to Official Report 1 November 2011 (442KB pdf)

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