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Biggest ever inspection launched

24th April 2008

Hospitals are facing the prospect of the biggest ever inspection carried out in this country to ensure they are meeting standards on infection control.


Under orders from Health Secretary Alan Johnson, the Healthcare Commission has revealed that it will inspect all 172 acute trusts annually.

The move is part of a drive to reduce death and illness from healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs), improve the experience of patients in hospital, and increase public confidence in the NHS.

All acute trusts have received letters from the Commission, calling on them to ensure that they have systems in place to minimise the risk of patients catching MRSA or Clostridium difficile.

Chief executive Anna Walker said: “The hygiene code has been in place for 18 months. Trusts know what they've got to do and previous inspections have shown that most trusts are working hard to ensure they are meeting all the requirements.

“There is a focus on infection control in the NHS unlike never before. However, if we find any trust falling short of their obligation to protect patients from infection, we will use our powers to ensure improvements are made.?

A team of infection control specialists will carry out the inspections supported by microbiologists, infection control nurses and patient representatives.

Trusts will be particularly expected to check they are meeting the 11 mandatory duties outlined in the government's hygiene code.

Ms Walker added: “We know from our previous inspections that the key to preventing and managing HCAIs is good leadership and accountability by the board, combined with an effective infection control team.?


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