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21 NHS trusts fail government hygiene checks

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Government hygiene standards have not been met by 21 NHS trusts, it has been revealed.

Trusts were instructed to meet the standards set by a new health and social care ‘super-regulator’ - the Care Quality Commission - as part of its registration.

However, 10 acute hospital trusts, four mental health care trusts, six primary care trusts and one ambulance trust - four of which are also NHS foundation trusts - did not meet the specified criteria to the required standard and have therefore had conditions added to their registration.

Concerns about foundation trust regulation were voiced in March after Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust had gained the status, which is classed as a mark of excellence, in spite of worries about its high rate of deaths.

A report was published by the Healthcare Commission that highlighted “appalling standards” of care at Mid Staffs which posed a risk to patients.

Some trusts have deadlines to meet hygiene standards, with others facing ongoing conditions on their registration.

The conditions are legally enforceable and trusts that fail to act could be given fines and warning notices, or be prosecuted or closed.

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