Responding to reports that NHS Lothian has written to nearly 200 patients who underwent heart surgery in the last six months to warn them of a potentially deadly infection risk, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton said:
“Infection control experts are already taking significant steps to reassure patients but this news will be hugely stressful for patients who have already undergone complex procedures and may be in a vulnerable condition.
“Tragically for a handful of families these infections were caught too late. We need to know why these infections occurred so as to prevent further outbreaks in the future.
“The Health Secretary must liaise with NHS Lothian and assess whether a similar investigation to the one being conducted by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde will need to take place.”