Health written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Liberal Democrat, Lewes

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the incidence of MRSA in hospitals in Sussex.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

There have been 262 reports of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteraemia by trusts in Sussex from April 2003 to March 2004.

It is for primary care trusts in partnership with strategic health authorities and other local stakeholders to determine how best to meet national and local priorities for improving health, and modernising services, including reducing hospital infections.

I am advised that acute trusts in Sussex are working hard to reduce the incidence of MRSA and have clear policies and strategies in place to help them achieve this.

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