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NHS “reducing MRSA infections”

22nd December 2008

MRSA bloodstream infections in England are falling, according to quarterly statistics from the Health Protection Agency.

Between July and September this year, there were 725 cases, which represents a 13 per cent fall on the previous period – which saw 837 cases.

Health Minister Ann Keen said she was “delighted” the NHS had continued to reduce infections.

She went on to say the government’s strategy has seen extra investment, tighter regulation and “tough actions”, including an increase in the number of matrons to more than 5,000.

Ms Keen added: “We will not stop there – one avoidable infection is one too many and we must go further.

“We ? are developing a national minimum standard for MRSA infection that all trusts must meet.”

Last month, the Healthcare Commission said five out of 51 acute hospital trusts in England have passed a hygiene spot check.

The NHS watchdog additionally found the majority failed to meet standards that have been introduced to combat infections such as Clostridium difficile and MRSA.

According to the study, just over half – 27 out of 51 – failed to keep all areas well-maintained and clean.

However, the organisation also noted most had improved in leadership.

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