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Trusts face infection litigation

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Foundation trusts could be sued if they breach infection control regulations under new proposals issued by their regulatory body.

William Moyes, chief executive of Monitor, has written to trusts warning them that in future breaching contractual obligations, including those for meeting the government’s hygiene code and reducing the number of cases of MRSA and Clostridium difficile, could result in sanctions.

A consultation on the proposals closes on 20 March and, if agreed, will come into effect from 1 April this year.

Rose Gallagher, RCN nurse adviser in infection control, said: ‘This is a very good thing. Some foundation trusts are doing very well with infection control, others are not. This will help refocus foundation trusts to put infection control as a priority.’

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