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Infection control 'failing'

18th October 2007

The Healthcare Commission has discovered a quarter of hospital trusts in England are failing to meet new standards on infection control.


The findings contained in its annual health check showed that 44 trusts were not complying with one or all aspects of the hygiene code.

The ratings focused on two key areas – quality of service and how hospitals managed finances – and show a general picture of improvement.

Overall, 19 trusts scored “excellent? on both parts of the rating, which was a rise of two last year but 20 were revealed to be weak in both categories.

Health Secretary Alan Johnson has asked the Healthcare Commission to re-inspect the 44 trusts failing on infection and he also warned that if the chief executive of the NHS was unable to resolve the situation through talks with the boards at the four weakest hospitals they could be taken over by a top performing trust.

The four involved are the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust, Northern Devon Healthcare Trust and Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Commission said the disappointing findings on infection control were through more rigorous standards introduced last October.

Chief executive Anna walker said: “The bar was raised dramatically on infection control and that explains why trusts seem to be performing worse than in the past.?

The East Midlands had the highest proportion of “excellent? trusts.

Mr Johnson said: “The well-performing and improving trusts are to be congratulated, but we need to see more improvement from those classed as weak.?


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