- Planned orthopaedic surgery at a Glasgow hospital has been suspended. A statement from Southern General Hospital said this was a precautionary measure due to an ‘increase in the number of wound infections found among post-operative patients’. ‘There are a number of different types of bacteria causing these infections,’ the statement said.
- An employment tribunal into the dismissal of two senior prison nurses for gross misconduct has been settled out of court. Jim Elder Ennis, manager of a detox unit at London’s HMP Holloway and Steve Gannon, head of healthcare, were dismissed last year following the death of an inmate from methadone toxicity.
- NHS staff will be able to share information and learning using a new electronic tool called eSpace. The tool, part of the Connecting for Health website, is available to all registered NHS staff.
- A Liberal Democrat MP has launched an early day motion in the House of Commons calling for an investigation into the link between healthcare-associated infections and bed occupancy rates. John Hemming wants ‘an urgent review of whether reductions in bed numbers and planning for over 70% bed occupancy and other cost-saving measures are resulting in increased risk of hospital-acquired infection’.
- Monitor, the independent regulator for NHS foundation trusts, has confirmed that Poole Hospital NHS Trust and East London and the City University Mental Health NHS Trust have gained foundation status. There are now 79 foundation trusts in total, 17 of which are mental health NHS trusts.