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MRSA plans criticised

28th September 2007

The government’s plans for tackling superbugs such as MRSA have been criticised.


The leading medical journal The Lancet condemned the plans for not being based on scientific fact and said there was little evidence to support hospital “deep cleans? or short-sleeves for medical staff.

In an editorial, the journal said that instead of “pandering to populism? politicians should listen to the evidence.

The criticism follows Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s announcement that hospital wards would be deep cleaned in a bid to improve cleanliness and tackle superbugs and proposals from Health Secretary Alan Johnson for a new dress code for NHS staff which would advise against long-sleeved coats and ties for doctors to avoid contamination and the spread of infection.

However, The Lancet said there was no conclusive evidence to back the effectiveness of this move and that the focus of the fight against MRSA and other infections should be on disinfection of high-touch surfaces rather than deep cleaning wards to get rid of visible dirt.

The editorial said: “Brown also plans to double the number of hospital matrons, to check on ward cleaning, and accost doctors wearing long sleeves.

“They would be better employed making sure doctors, nurses and visitors wash their hands properly, the proven way to stop hospital acquired infections.?

Chief Nursing Officer Professor Christine Beasley said there was no single solution and the new proposals were part of a wider set of measures to reduce hospital-acquired infections but she agreed there was no evidence that uniforms pose a significant risk of transmitting infections.


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Article Information

Title: MRSA plans criticised
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 4247
Date Added: 28th Sep 2007


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