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MRSA infections ‘cut by more than half’

19th September 2008

The Department of Health has announced that the number of MRSA blood stream infections across England has fallen by 57 per cent compared to the base level in 2003/4.

At that time, a target was set for NHS staff to reduce the incidence of these infections by half.

Figures published by the Health Protection Agency show the risk of being infected by these bacteramia is at its lowest level for five years.

The government ascribed this drop to a number of factors, including higher standards of clinical practice and cleanliness, hospital deep cleans and an increase in ward matrons.

It added that the “tremendous” efforts of NHS staff have been central to this achievement, with the figures showing genuine improvements to patient care.

Alan Johnson, health minister, said: “Our strategy for tackling infection is clearly delivering results and the NHS continues to work hard to ensure hospitals are clean and safe for patients.”

He added that the government will not be complacent and will continue to work to tackle the challenge of healthcare associated infections.

In July 2008, the government announced a 32 per cent drop in the number of infections of C.difficile in the health service compared to a year ago.

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