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Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his Department's policy is on the routine screening of NHS staff for (a) MRSA infection and (b) clostridium difficile; (181074)

(2) how many cases of (a) MRSA infection and (b) clostridium difficile infection have been detected in staff working in the NHS in each of the last three years.

Departmental guidance does not recommend routine screening of health care staff for either of these infections. Expert advice is that routine screening of staff is not indicated, and therefore not recommended but may be used to help control or investigate an outbreak.

In terms of the number of cases of infections in staff, I refer the hon. Member for North Norfolk to the reply I gave him on 17 January 2008, Official Report, column 1450W.