The Liberal Democrats have demanded a public inquiry into the C difficile outbreak at Vale of Leven Hospital in Scotland.

Fifty-four patients were infected in the outbreak last year and nine died.

The health secretary has said a public inquiry would be premature as the matter is being considered by the Crown Office, but members of Scottish Parliament will today try to overrule this position.

For more details, go to www.libdems.org.uk and www.scottish.parliament.uk