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MRSA: East of England

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases of MRSA in the East of England region have been reported to his Department in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement; (280280)

(2) how many cases of MRSA in Luton and Dunstable Hospital have been reported to his Department in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

Information is not available in the format requested. The data are available only by financial year and the earliest period available is 2001-02.

Since April 2001, all acute national health service trusts in England are obliged to report all cases of bloodstream infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

The following data comprise all specimens processed by NHS acute trust laboratories, not just those from in-patients and include infections acquired in hospital and elsewhere.

Number of cases of bloodstream infections caused by MRSA

April to March each year

East of England

Luton and Dunstable Foundation Trust

2001-02

662

22

2002-03

607

28

2003-04

678

21

2004-05

725

19

2005-06

678

32

2006-07

529

21

2007-08

333

15