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New hospital patients not screened for MRSA

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Only 2% of hospital trusts are screening new patients for MRSA, according to new figures released by the Conservative Party.

The Tories made a Freedom of Information request on MRSA screening and isolation practices from all hospital trusts in England. Of the 82 trusts that responded, the party said only 32% could provide any data on the number of patients screened.

They also said that no trusts were able to provide figures on the numbers of patients isolated following a positive MRSA screening result, despite government guidance that information on isolation and screening should be easily accessible to all groups.

A report by the Health Protection Agency, published earlier this month, said trusts acknowledged that local MRSA screening policies were sometimes not adhered to and that some had problems implementing isolation policies due to the lack of facilities.

Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley accused the government of ‘consistently failing’ to tackle MRSA.

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