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New C diff objective to be introduced across NHS

30th March 2010

Health Secretary Andy Burnham has said a new objective will be introduced in order to combat C difficile infections in the NHS.


The objective, which will last for three years, is designed to tackle variations in infection rates at hospitals and could result in a nationwide decrease of around 55%.

Trusts which have the highest levels of C difficile will be required to ensure they make the largest falls in infection rates.

Trusts with an excellent record in levels of infection will be required to sustain their performance and make further reductions.

Objectives for individual trusts and hospitals will be announced later in 2010.

The number of C difficile infections has dropped by 35% since 2007. This decrease surpassed the target set for 2010/11 of 30%.

Mr Burnham said: "We want to go even further - patients have a right to clean, safe care wherever they are treated in the NHS and these improvements must continue."

"The C difficile objective is ambitious but realistic. It will focus improvements on those NHS organisations that need to make the most progress - no individual trust will be required to deliver reductions that a similar organisation has not already achieved."


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