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MRSA cases on the rise

12th June 2009

A National Audit Office (NAO) report has shown that cases of MRSA and C difficile are on the increase in some hospital trusts.


Although the total number of cases of MRSA has been cut by 50% following the government's establishment of a national target in 2004, 3,000 cases are confirmed annually in hospitals across the country.

Cases of C difficile, which have fallen by one third since the target was introduced, are currently approximately 3,000 per month.

The superbugs were recorded as "contributing to" the deaths of 9,000 people in hospital in 2007.

The report showed that although 25% of trusts made a reduction of 80% in the number of MRSA cases, 12% saw an increase.

While 29% of trusts saw C difficile rates decrease by more than half, cases at 19% of trusts increased.

The report said cases of a MRSA variant known as MSSA were also increasing.

Edward Leigh, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, said: "The report shows that other, just as deadly bloodstream infections (as MRSA) are on the rise and threatening all those who use our healthcare system. "

Health minister Ann Keen said: "I welcome this report which acknowledges the achievement of the NHS in reducing MRSA and C.diff and financial savings that have been made as a result of the increased priority that the Government and the NHS have placed on reducing healthcare associated infections over the past few years."

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