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C. difficile legacy forces resignation

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The former head of a trust where more than 30 people died from Clostridium difficile has resigned from a service review at a hospital in Surrey.

Ruth Harrison, the former chief executive of Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust, stepped down from her new post because of fears of adverse publicity. She was in charge of a review of women’s and children’s services at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Ms Harrison left her position at Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust in 2006 after a Healthcare Commission report revealed how 33 people died from C. difficile infection between 2003 and 2005.

The report blamed hospital management for failing to take notice of concerns that had been raised by its infection control team.

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