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Report condemns NHS for infection outbreak in Scotland

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 26 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7261
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

Serious personal and system failures have been blamed for Scotland’s worst outbreak of Clostridium difficile infection, which led to the deaths of 34 people in 2007-8. The report of a five year inquiry into the outbreak at the Vale of Leven Hospital concluded that the number of confirmed deaths was probably an underestimate. Poor record keeping meant that the …

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