The Rt Hon Lord MacLean published his final report of the Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry on November 24, 2014 into the occurrence of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection at the Vale of Leven Hospital (VOLH) from January 1, 2007 onwards, in particular between December 1, 2007 and June 1, 2008.
The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport provided an initial response to the Scottish Parliament on November 25, 2014 when all 75 recommendations were accepted (65 for NHS boards, nine for Scottish Government and one for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service), and gave evidence to the Health and Sport Committee on February 24, 2015.
The Scottish Government response to the report has now been published:
Progress since Publication of Inquiry Report
A number of actions have been undertaken since Lord MacLean published his report:
- The Scottish Government wrote to all NHS Boards asking that they assess themselves against the 65 NHS Board recommendations in the report and responses were received in January 2015
- The Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland asked for a further progress report from each NHS Board following their assessments provided in January 2015. The update will be approved by each NHS Board's Area Partnership Forum, Area Clinical Forum and public involvement network to ensure their response reflects what is happening within their area. with an updated response provided in June 2015.
- The amalgamating of the Implementation and Reference Groups to form one group which will oversee the implementation of the 75 recommendations. It has representatives of patients and families affected and other public representatives as well as a number of other stakeholders including from the NHS, Unions and professional organisations.
- The Implementation Group asked Healthcare Improvement Scotland to develop an assurance system that will demonstrate the implementation of the 65 recommendations for NHS Boards
Information from the NHS Boards' responses is assisting the work of the Implementation Group Work has already begun to quality assure the NHS Boards' information and identify where gaps exist in terms of ensuring the recommendations are being fully implemented:
Health Boards continue to make significant progress in implementing the 65 recommendations outlined in Lord McLean's report. A summary paper based on the self-assessment returns from Health Boards, outlines the protocols and systems put in place since 2007 until the present day.
NHS Boards' responses
Summary of NHS board activity against recommendations - June 2017
Further background information on the Inquiry itself, including the Terms of Reference and information on the evidence sessions:
Comments, Complaints, Suggestions
There are a number of options available to patients, families and the public to make comments, complaints and suggestions about the care they have received. If you wish to make a complaint each NHS Board has a formal complaint process available.
The Scottish Government has also supported the roll out of the independent Patient Opinion website giving everyone the chance to provide real-time feedback to NHS Boards on the care received:
Should you wish to make any comments or suggestions on how the recommendations from the Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry can be implemented, please contact the Inquiry Response Team by emailing: