Only 14% of respondents to an NHS survey on the management of healthcare associated infections claim to be 'very satisfied? with infection control practice at their trust.
Most of the respondents to the survey, which was carried out by the Patients? Association, were nurses, including directors of nursing.
Inadequate resources, staff cutbacks, and increased workload were given as some of the reasons. But clinicians? refusal to take on board advice about infection control was also cited.
Training and leadership were key issues for the respondents. Almost four out of 10 said that their trusts did not have infection control leaders at every level of the organisation.
Although most respondents felt they had sufficient access to training and development, 44% stated that not all relevant staff had been adequately trained in infection control.