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MRSA: Greater London

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of MRSA were reported in (a) each London hospital and (b) each London primary care trust in each of the last five years. (157375)

The information is not available as requested. The mandatory surveillance of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in England applies to national health service acute trusts only. Data on primary care trusts are not compiled.

Since April 2001, trusts in England have reported all cases of MRSA bacteraemias (bloodstream infections), to the Health Protection Agency (HPA). Data covering the period April 2002 to March 2007 were published on 25 July 2007. The data for those trusts in London are summarised in the following table.

MRSA bacteraemias; London (that is within London strategic health authority: April 2002 to March 2007)

April to March each year:

Number of bacteraemias

2002-03

1,707

2003-04

1,682

2004-05

1,392

2005-06

1,320

2006-07

1,205

Source:

HPA