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Cameron fines plan condemned

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Nurses have criticised calls by Conservative leader David Cameron for hospitals to be financially penalised for
every incident of healthcare-associated infection.

In a speech at Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust last week, Mr Cameron said that hospitals, not commissioning organisations, should foot the bill for treating HCAIs.

But Martin Kiernan, vice-president of the Infection Prevention Society, warned that such financial penalties could damage care.

‘In trusts which might be already struggling with staffing numbers and ward closures, financial penalties would just cause further problems,’ he said.

He warned it could also lead to trusts cherry-picking lower-risk patients. ‘We wouldn’t want to see discrimination against patients like that,’ he said.

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