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Cameron calls for MRSA fines

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Conservative leader David Cameron has called for hospitals to be financially punished for each incidence of MRSA or similar healthcare associated infection.
Mr Cameron said that hospitals should foot the bill for treating these infections, not the primary organisations that commissioned the treatment.

In a speech at Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust marking the 60th Anniversary of the NHS, Mr Cameron will say: ‘I don’t think hospitals should be paid – or paid in full – for a treatment which leaves the patient with a hospital-acquired infection like MRSA.

‘So-called ‘treatment following adverse events’ should be the responsibility of the provider, not the purchaser – the hospital, not the GP or primary care commissioner. GPs can spend the money that they save in this way to improve care elsewhere.

‘This is a means of hard-wiring infection control into the system. Rather than a top-down system of targets which encourages ‘throughput’ above all else, we propose a bottom-up system which prioritises quality as well as quantity.’
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