MRSA infections have reached a record low, Health Protection Agency data reveals.
HPA statistics for June showed only 97 cases across the NHS - the first time it has been less than 100 since records began in 2001.
The same month in 2010 saw 134 infections.
The end of June also saw 25 hospital trusts complete a year without a single hospital-acquired infection - just over a sixth of acute trusts.
Ten of these organisations are specialist trusts which tend to have a lower volume of patients and no A&E department.
C. difficile cases fell from 2,001 in June 2010 to 1,681 this June, the HPA said.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley said: “I have been calling for a zero-tolerance approach to avoidable healthcare associated infections since 2004. Now, just over one year into the coalition government, MRSA bloodstream infections in the NHS are at their lowest level since records began with fewer than 100 infections in a single month for the first time.
“This sustained pattern of falling infections across the health service is good news. However, the variation between the very best in the country and the very worst is still unacceptably high. So while progress has been made, we must do better to shrink this gap and improve standards for all.”
The 25 acute trusts that had no trust-acquired MRSA infections between June 2010 and June 2011 are:
• Barnsley Hospital
• Basingstoke & North Hampshire
• Birmingham Children’s Hospital
• Burton Hospitals
• Christie Hospital
• Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology
• Colchester Hospital University
• George Eliot Hospital
• Kettering General Hospital
• Liverpool Women’s
• Mid Cheshire Hospitals
• Moorfields Eye Hospital
• North Cumbria University Hospitals
• Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic & District Hospital
• Royal Berkshire
• Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases
• Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
• Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals
• Sheffield Children’s
• Sherwood Forest Hospitals
• The Rotherham
• The Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals
• The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital
• Trafford Healthcare
• West Suffolk Hospitals