Labour has called for an inquiry into an outbreak of C difficile that caused nine deaths at a hospital in Scotland to be extended across the country.
Vale of Leven Hospital suffered the C difficile outbreak in April, and an inquiry into the outbreak has been ordered by Scotland’s health secretary Nicola Sturgeon.
But following recent outbreaks of the infection, Labour health spokeswoman Cathy Jamieson called for a wider review. In total 18 people died from the superbug in Gartnavel Hospital, Glasgow, in 2008, after 10 people had died in 2007.
Similar problems affected Elgin’s Dr Gray’s Hospital, which stopped admissions to two wards after two elderly patients died in May, and Kirkwall’s Balfour Hospital, which had two deaths in January where C diff was a factor.
Ms Jamieson said: “We need to learn lessons from what happened during recent outbreaks in Glasgow and the north of Scotland, as well as the Vale of Leven.”
The inquiry is without a chairman, after Lord Coulsfield stepped down due to health reasons.
A Scottish government spokesman said the scope of the inquiry had not been set as there was not yet a replacement chair. He added: “By law the chairman must be consulted on the terms of reference of the inquiry.”