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Trust at centre of HCAI outbreak still 'short of nurses'

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A hospital at which at least 33 people died from Clostridium difficile has significantly improved its infection control procedures but is still not employing enough senior nurses, a health watchdog reported today.

An investigation by the Healthcare Commission last year revealed that two outbreaks of C.difficile atStokeMandevilleHospitalbetween October 2003 and June 2005 had resulted in the infection of 334 patients and at least 33 deaths.

A follow up report released today said infection control was now a top priority forBuckinghamshire HospitalsNHS Trust, which runs the hospital, and that the organisation now meets all 11 requirements of the Hygiene Code.

However an analysis of the nurse numbers by the Healthcare Commission revealed that wards are staffed with a high number of lower grade nursing staff and that the nursing skill mix on some wards is below national requirements.

A second report by the Health and Safety Executive, also published today, concluded there would be no criminal proceedings against managers at the trust.

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