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Infection control tops government agenda for NHS

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Improving cleanliness and reducing hospital associated infections is one of six key priorities set out in the NHS Operating Framework for 2008/09

The framework, announced today by health secretary Alan Johnson, also cites targets to improve patient experience and staff satisfaction, achieving referrals within 18 weeks, improving overall health and reducing health inequalities, and preparing to respond to an outbreak of pandemic flu.

He also announced that the frontline NHS is to receive £74.2bn in 2008/09, nearly £4bn more than in 2007/08.

‘From next year, 82 per cent of the total NHS revenue budget will be in the hands of the frontline NHS up from 72 per cent in 1996/97,’ Mr Johnson said.

‘We want the NHS to use these extra resources to concentrate on the key priorities set out in the operating framework, such as tackling infection, increasing access and improving the overall health of their local population,’ he added.

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