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Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Biggest fear in NHS is infections

30th June 2008

A survey by the BBC has found that people are most worried about contracting an infection while in hospital.


1,040 people were interviewed and 40% said they were most concerned about catching a superbug infection such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile.

31% reported they would think about "avoiding" surgery carried out by the NHS because they were worried about catching something.

Only 33% of respondents said they felt "confident" that the health service would provide adequate protection against hospital infections.

One in four respondents said they were worried about waiting times. The government has targeted this area recently and in England patients should not have to wait more than 18 weeks to receive treatment by the end of 2008.

However, 82% of people reported that they "were proud" of the NHS and 50% said it was "the envy of the world".

94% said they thought the NHS would provide good emergency care and 86% said they thought it provided safe maternity care.

The government has ordered a £50m "deep clean" of hospitals in 2008 and MRSA cases have been decreasing since 2006.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, chairman of the British Medical Association, said: "We understand why people are so concerned about hospital-acquired infections and although infection rates are coming down, no-one can be happy with the levels that still exist."

"We owe it to patients to be able to prove to them that hospitals are a safe place to go to benefit from the help modern medicine can provide."


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