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Trusts failing on hygiene

16th June 2008

The Healthcare Commission has said that 25% of NHS trusts in England have failed to "meet at least one of the government's standards on hygiene".

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The Commission said the situation had not improved since 2007 and 103 trusts were failing to meet hygiene standards.

In April 2009, trusts will be made to reach certain targets so they can obtain a "licence for business".

Those trusts which are unable to reach the expected targets related to hygiene could have their services shut down or be run under supervision.

In April, a new body known as the Care Quality Commission will take on the responsibilities of the Healthcare Commission, the Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Mental Health Act Commission.

The new figures are based on information from the 391 NHS trusts in England and relate to key targets imposed by the government in 2004.

The figures showed that hospitals had improved performance this year, but primary care trusts were not performing as well.

Of the 103 trusts that failed to meet hygiene standards 57 were primary care trusts. PCTs represented two thirds of the 70 trusts which did not reach the targets related to decontamination.

Anna Walker, chief executive of the commission, said: "Come April 2009, all NHS hospitals will have to abide by the elements of the hygiene code."

"Our summary shows trusts don't believe they are there yet. And they only have 10 months."

 

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