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Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) cases of and (b) deaths from (i) MRSA, (ii) C-difficile and (iii) all hospital-acquired infections there were at Basildon hospital in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. (166767)

[holding answer 21 November 2007]: The information requested is not available. However, Basildon hospital is part of the Basildon and Thurrock university hospitals NHS foundation trust for which the following information is available on methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and glycopeptide resistant enterococci bloodstream infections and Clostridium difficile infection from the mandatory surveillance scheme run by the Health Protection Agency.

Number of cases of MRSA at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

April to March each year

Number of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infection reports

2001-02

60

2002-03

38

2003-04

30

2004-05

42

2005-06

36

2006-07

24

Source:

Health Protection Agency—provisional data

Number of cases of C. difficile in Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

January to December each year

Number of C. difficile reports for patients aged 65 years and over

2004

410

2005

470

2006

545

Source:

Health Protection Agency—provisional data

Number of cases of glycopeptide resistant enterococcal bloodstream infection reports in Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

October to September each year

Number of glycopeptide resistant enterococcal bloodstream infection reports

2003-04

3

2004-05

6

2005-06

6

Source:

Health Protection Agency—provisional data

We do not know how many of these cases are acquired in hospital.

Figures on deaths involving MRSA or C. difficile in individual hospitals are not currently available. It is not possible to state how many deaths in a particular hospital were hospital-acquired as the place where an infection was acquired may not be known to the doctor certifying the death, and a question asking where infections were acquired is not specifically asked on the death certificate.