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Fall in HCAIs is testament to staff effort

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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).

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.

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