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Infection control warning to NHS

3rd April 2009

The new health super regulator has warned that a small group of NHS trusts are potentially putting patients at risk because of poor infection control.

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Twenty-one trusts have been highlighted in England by the Care Quality Commission for not doing enough on cleanliness and decontamination.

Failure to improve could lead to fines and service closures, said the CQC, which has made infection control a key priority.

The warning comes as figures show falls in MRSA and Clostridium difficile rates.

The CQC has introduced a system of ‘registration’ with trusts having to meet certain criteria and standards of performance even to be registered with it.

While all 388 trusts have been registered, the CQC has already laid down conditions for improvements by the 21 trusts it has identified as having poor infection control and it will continue to monitor their performance.

CQC chairman Barbara Young said: "While infection rates at these trusts are not necessarily higher they can do more to strengthen their approaches to infection control and help prevent outbreaks."

The Department of Health said it was important to recognise that the NHS was getting better over infections.

The 21 trusts are: Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health, Barts and the London, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Kettering General, North Bristol, Plymouth Hospitals, South West London and St George's Mental Health, United Lincolnshire Hospitals, Alder Hey, Barking, Havering and Redbridge, Coventry and Warwickshire, Herefordshire PCT, Isle of Wight, Leeds Partnerships Mental Health, Lewisham PCT, Manchester PCT, Medway, Royal Surrey, Somerset PCT, West Sussex PCT, Yorkshire Ambulance.

 

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