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Understaffed hospital trust slashes superbug rate

26th July 2007

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trsut which last month claimed it failed to hit Healthcare Commission targets for tackling superbugs due to lack of  resources after it axed more than 500 jobs last year.  But the latest Health Protection Agency figures reveal that between November 2006 and last April only 15 cases of MRSA were reported, compared to 54 during the same period in 2005/06.  The report also shows the trust's Clostridium difficile rate for January to June 2007 is half the regional average - 1.73 per 1,000 bed days compared to 3.50 for all hospitals in the Midlands.

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