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Hospital-Acquired Infections

Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 18th October 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford 2:30 pm, 18th October 2011

What progress he has made on reducing rates of hospital-acquired infections.

Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley The Secretary of State for Health

The NHS is making significant process toward the zero-tolerance approach that we have made it clear it should adopt in respect of all avoidable health care-associated infections. Over the past 12 months MRSA bloodstream infections have fallen by 29% and C. difficile infections have fallen by 17%.

Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

I thank the Secretary of State for his reply. Will he confirm that the Government will continue with the zero-tolerance approach to hospital-acquired infections as the only sure way to resolve and eradicate this problem?

Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley The Secretary of State for Health

Yes, my hon. Friend is absolutely right; indeed, we are extending the range and frequency of the publication of data relating to infections to support the NHS in that work. With his commendably consistency, my hon. Friend asked a question on exactly this subject on 8 March, when he raised the issue of the Barking, Havering and Redbridge trust. I am pleased to be able to report that in the past five months C. difficile infections in the trust have fallen by 57% in comparison with the same five months of 2010, while MRSA bloodstream infections have been reduced by 25%. I expect the trust to continue to bear down on those and other infections in future.