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MSP Jackie Baillie's tears for C. diff families

There were emotional scenes in the Scottish Parliament during questions into an outbreak of Clostridium Difficile at the Vale of Leven hospital, West Dunbartonshire, in 2007.

Scottish Labour's Jackie Baillie became visibly upset as she asked the Scottish government what action could be taken to ensure the level of compensation for families was reviewed.

Ms Bailie asked if the £1m compensation could be looked at again, given that the five-year inquiry had cost more than £10m.

An inquiry into the outbreak found "serious personal and systematic failures" and that the C-diff infection had been a factor in the deaths of 34 patients.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said that discussions between the families and the health board were ongoing.

"I'm clear that those who have been harmed or those who have lost loved ones as a result of negligent acts by the NHS should be adequately compensated for their loss," she said.

  • 25 Nov 2014