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Hospital infection rates 'threatening all who use healthcare system'

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Reports of soaring hospital infection rates have led to accusations the Government is ignoring the infection control problem.

The National Audit Office (NAO) said 10% of NHS trusts have seen MRSA cases increase, while one in five has seen a rise in incidents of C diff.

These figures come despite a £120 million crackdown by the Government having led to an overall reduction in the two infections.

According to the NAO, other bloodstream infections - such as MSSA, which struck actress Leslie Ash - may also be on the rise.

Edward Leigh, Tory MP and chair of the Committee of Public Accounts, described the increases as ‘threatening all those who use our healthcare system’.

He said: ‘There has been a lamentable lack of progress in measuring these other infections and therefore they have been neglected.’

NAU chief Amyas Morse said while the Department of Health met its overall target to reduce MRSA bloodstream infections by 57% and C diff was reduced by 41%, ‘compliance with good practice is still not universal’.

And even though a quarter of trusts far exceeded Government targets of a 50% reduction in MRSA when they reported having cut cases by more than 80%, about 12% of trusts experienced an increase in the infections.

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  • We believe that well-tried and tested new technology could help to defeat this problem and are seeking a hospital or care home willing to install a modest pilot scheme.
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