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Many trusts admit to failing to meet government hygiene targets

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Trusts in England are still struggling on hygiene control, according to the Healthcare Commission.

Annual declarations made by trusts on whether they are meeting key standards of care, set by ministers, were published this week.

A quarter admitted to failing on at least one of the government’s three core hygiene standards. One trust, North Lincolnshire PCT, failed all three, while 20 trusts failed on two standards.

Overall, more trusts said they were meeting some of the standards than last year, an increase from 94.2% to 95.7%. However, there has been a slight decrease in the percentage declaring that they met all of the core standards, down from 40.1% to 39.4%.

Anna Walker, chief executive of the Healthcare Commission, said: ‘Overall the picture, if confirmed, is encouraging. More trusts are declaring compliance against the core standards.

‘However the picture on hospital acquired infection is mixed,’ she added. ‘There were improvements in two out of the three relevant standards. But overall we are still in a situation where too many trusts have self declared non compliant.’

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