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Crowded wards risk infections

23rd October 2007

The Liberal Democrats say that "almost half" of all NHS trusts have such high occupancy rates that they put patients at risk of contracting infections.

High numbers of patients are understood to be a factor in the increase in superbugs in hospitals. The figures showed that 152 of 328 trusts had occupancy rates of over 85%.

Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat health spokesman, said: "These bed occupancy figures are shocking, particularly in light of last week's report on the Maidstone C diff outbreak."

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