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.
On 17 December 2013, Lord MacLean wrote to Alex Neil MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, to inform him that a key element of the process will not be completed in sufficient time to allow the Inquiry's report to be published by March 2014.
Under the legislation, the Chairman must issue a warning letter to any individual or organisation likely to be the subject of significant or explicit criticism in his report. These letters provide the person or organisation concerned with a reasonable opportunity to consider and respond to any criticisms. The Chairman must consider these responses before finalising his report.
The Inquiry recently issued the last of its warning letters but the report cannot be finalised until all the responses have been received and the Chairman has considered each of these.
Lord MacLean fully recognises the disappointment that this delay will cause to patients and relatives who are understandably anxious to hear the Inquiry's findings and he is keen to publish his report as soon as possible.
A further update will be provided on the reporting date once the warning letter process is complete.