GOOD news came when the Health Protection Agency reported a fall in the healthcare-associated infection rates in all regions of England. The agency described it as a ‘major achievement’ (p9).
Coming just after the damning report on the Clostridium difficile outbreak in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and MRSA samples found on a neonatal unit at Leeds General Infirmary, the HPA report provides a welcome reprieve.
It is all too easy for the public to form a picture of a filthy NHS and unconcerned staff but now the service can start to rebuild confidence in its hospitals among patients.
Nurses have worked hard to combat this problem – it is they and their managers who should take the credit now.