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Scottish MRSA screening pilot announced

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Nurses in Scotland will see an investment of £54m over the next three years to tackle healthcare associated infections.

The funding will be used by hospitals to target skin and soft tissue infections, reduce bloodstream infections and improve hand hygiene.

A one year pilot scheme to screen patients for MRSA will be set up to run between 2008 and 2009 with £7m of the funding.

All NHS boards will be expected to prove a 90% compliance with hand hygiene targets by December 2008, which will be audited by Health Protection Scotland.

Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: ‘We should recognise that good progress has been made in reducing hospital infections, but should be under no illusion that more needs to be done.’

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