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Infection Control

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve infection control in the NHS. (203372)

The national health service have made significant reductions on infections, and are on track to halve the methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) rate by the end of March 2008. MRSA infections are down 30 per cent. and C. difficile infections, for 65s and over, are down 23 per cent. on the same quarter in the previous year.

However, we are not stopping there. The NHS will be expected to maintain improvements on MRSA and deliver a 30 per cent. reduction in C. difficile infections by 2010-11.

We have a strategy we know will reduce infection and equipped the NHS with a toolkit to deliver it. We have invested the money—over £270 million of additional investment per year by 2010-11. We have made proper infection control a legal requirement and are inspecting all trusts against this.