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Vale of Leven C. diff probe: Delayed report due in November

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Image caption C. diff played a role in the deaths of 28 people at Vale of Leven Hospital

The long-awaited findings of an inquiry into the worst Clostridium difficile (C. diff) outbreak in Scotland will finally be published on 24 November.

The inquiry is investigating the treatment of 63 patients at Vale of Leven Hospital between 2007 and 2008.

During that time 31 patients died, with C. diff being a cause or contributory factor in 28 of the deaths.

The inquiry began in February 2010. Publication of its final report has been delayed five times.

The inquiry, under retired judge Lord MacLean, was originally due to report its findings by May 2011.

Four other delays had seen March this year earmarked for publication.

That was delayed for a fifth time in February to allow people and organisations criticised in the inquiry report to make their responses.

Lord MacLean has now written to Health Secretary Alex Neil advising him of the publication date.

The inquiry has been investigating the treatment of 63 patients at Vale of Leven Hospital in Dunbartonshire between 1 December 2007 until 1 June 2008.

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