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Prisons: MRSA

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases of (a) MRSA and (b) clostridium difficile were recorded in each prison in each of the last five years. (197926)

The information requested is not held centrally.

The Prison Service’s Performance Standard, Health Services for Prisoners (May 2004), requires every prison establishment to have in place effective arrangements for the prevention, control and management of communicable diseases. These must include arrangements for the notification of all incidents of notifiable disease, such as tuberculosis, to the local Health Protection Agency’s Consultant in Communicable Disease Control (CCDC) and an action plan in the event of an outbreak of a communicable disease.

Upon the detection of any infection in a prison establishment, appropriate health care and infection control procedures should be instituted in partnership with infection control teams in primary care trusts and health protection units.