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Health Protection Agency figures show further fall in MRSA infections

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The number of MRSA infections reduced by 13 per cent in England between July and September 2008, according to Health Protection Agency figures.

The latest figures from the Health Protection Agency show that there were 725 cases of MRSA infcetions reported in England for the quarter from July to September compared to 837 in the previous three months. The figures also show a 33 per cent drop from the previous quarter in 2007.

Professor Mike Catchpole, Director of the HPA's Centre for Infections, said: 'This continued reduction in cases of MRSA is testament to the huge efforts being made across the NHS to tackle the problem of healthcare associated infections.'

'To ensure this downward trend continues we cannot be complacent. We must all play our part – the public and healthcare workers – by ensuring the infection control measures that have made the current fight against MRSA so successful remain in place.'

Chief executive of the Healthcare Commission, Anna Walker said: 'We have seen from our inspections and assessments that many trusts still have gaps in their systems that need closing. To keep rates going down, trusts must ensure their systems protect every patient, every time. This applies to all healthcare-associated infections, not just MRSA.

'We are demanding a high standard of infection control from trusts. This is what patients expect and are entitled to.'

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