Hospitals Fail To Meet Infection Control Standards

The government’s health watchdog, the Healthcare Commission has pledged to get tough with NHS Trusts that do not do enough to reduce the risk of infection within their hospitals.

The Healthcare Commission’s report found that of 172 NHS Trusts, 44 failed to meet one or more of the core standards designed to prevent patients becoming infected with so-called superbugs, such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile.

Anna Walker, the chief executive of the Healthcare Commission said, “Although most patients receive safe and effective care in the NHS, the risk of suffering an infection is higher than it should be”.  She pledged to take action against those trusts who failed to improve their infection control procedures.

This report comes on the back of the damning report and the ongoing criminal enquiry into outbreaks of Clostridium difficile at hospitals in Maidstone, which, it is believed, caused the deaths of 90 patients.

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Posted 19th October 2007 | Posted in News,Uncategorised