This is the website for the Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry. The Inquiry was set up by Scottish Ministers to investigate the occurrence of C. difficile infection at the Vale of Leven Hospital from 1 January 2007 onwards. The Inquiry will also investigate the deaths associated with C. difficile which occurred between 1 December 2007 and 1 June 2008.
View the Inquiry's Terms of Reference.
Nicola Sturgeon MSP, then Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy, announced the Inquiry in the Scottish Parliament in April 2009. The Inquiry, which has been set up under the Inquiries Act 2005, began its work on 1 October 2009. The Rt Hon Lord MacLean, pictured, is the Chairman of the Inquiry.
The Inquiry is currently engaged in issuing warning letters. The Chairman is obliged by legislation to issue a warning letter to any individual or organisation likely to be the subject of significant or explicit criticism in his report. The purpose of this is to allow them a reasonable opportunity to consider the criticisms and provide written responses to the Chairman. As a matter of fairness, the legislation also obliges the Chairman to take account of these responses.
The first warning letters were issued at the end of October 2013. As the process is a complex one, warning letters will be issued over a period of weeks. A further announcement will be made when the process is complete.