The government has announced new targets for tackling MRSA in acute settings.
From April next year, trusts with MRSA rates worse than the national average will be required to get them down to that average or reduce their rates by 20 per cent – whichever is greater.
Those with better than the national average will be required to reduce their rates to levels equivalent to the quarter of trusts currently with the lowest rates or by 20 per cent – again whichever is less.
However, the best performers will be allowed to set their own targets.
The new tailored targets follow the national target set in November 2004, by then health secretary John Reid, that MRSA rates should be halved by April 2008.
Announcing the new targets, health minister Ann Keen said: “All patients have a right to expect clean, safe care in all settings but some trusts have not improved at the same rates as others.
“We must reduce MRSA infections across the whole of the NHS so the new objective will introduce the toughest challenges for underperforming organisations,” she said.