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Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 9 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the process is by which relatives of patients are informed when a patient has contracted MRSA or another hospital-acquired infection in each hospital in England. (240567)

The Department does not collect information on individual trusts' policies for informing patients and their relatives of diagnoses. This is a matter for local determination.

Test results for health care associated infections provide information as to where the infection was identified only. Infections may be acquired outside of the trust making the diagnosis.