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Many C diff cases ignored

31st May 2007

NHS trust data has shown thousands of cases of superbug Clostridium difficile (C diff) have not been recorded since 2004.


Hospitals have submitted information - compiled by the Health Protection Agency - regarding C diff since that date. However, until April 2007, cases were only reported for patients aged over 65.

The new data comes after a Freedom of Information application which asked all trusts to show C diff rates for all ages. Conservative MP Grant Shapps, who compiled the figures, said the information showed that hospital C diff rates were "dramatically worse than previously thought."

Figures show there were an additional 26,000 cases to add to the 176,450 already logged. There were 55,000 C diff infections in 2006, representing a rise of 8% from 2005.

Mr Shapps called for the government to publish all figures in future and commented that the government has been "simply ignoring anyone who contracts the infection, but happens to be under the age of 65."

He has compiled a report called "The Complete Germ Map of Britain" which maps all cases of C diff. It includes 32,707 unrecorded cases in Scotland and Wales.

Katherine Murphy, of the Patients' Association, said: "It is vital for the public to see what is really happening in our hospitals and we should not need special attempts made to get the information."

A Department of Health spokesperson said: "We have recognised that C difficile is a growing problem...we have improved the surveillance system to provide better local data, and local trusts have agreed local targets to significantly reduce C difficile infections."

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Joan Moorby

Friday 1st June 2007 @ 17:07

My dad died as a result of contracting CD yet after a PM it was not mentioned on the death certificate. MRSA got a mention as a cause, however the septicaemia that killed him came from CD not MRSA. Is this in the numbers, I think not!

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