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Hospital infection rates to be published weekly

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Infection rates at English hospitals will be published online on a weekly basis, it has been announced.

Weekly MRSA and C difficile rates will be displayed on the data.gov.uk site, beginning in July and will be archived online for three months. Other infections, such as E.coli, may eventually be added. Data from March to May for many hospitals is already available.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley said: “This is an important step towards our broader plans to provide more relevant information to patients.

“It will enable people to make meaningful choices because they will be able to make comparisons between different hospitals and healthcare organisations.

“We want to make the large amounts of data that are already collected and used internally in the NHS work for patients, not just managers.

“All information that is useful and relevant to patients should be published in an accessible and open way.”

The Government has said it will also look at whether figures should be provided at a department or ward level without breaching the confidentiality of patients.

MRSA and C diff infections are currently at their lowest level since records began.

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  • The laudable move to transparency for infection rates could come at a cost for trusts who haven't made the investment in IT to make this and other reporting simple and efficient.

    Over 60% of hospitals in the UK have software to make this happen easily already - why not more? www.icnetplc.com has more information.

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