Hospital Acquired Infections

Health written question – answered on 7th April 2005.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the national audit of deaths caused by hospital acquired infections announced by the Chief Medical Officer in December 2003 is operational; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

The Department of Health asked the Office for National Statistics and the Health Protection Agency (HPA) to undertake jointly a confidential, qualitative study on a proportion of deaths which may be associated with healthcare associated infection.

This study requires the collection and analysis of detailed information that is not collected routinely. This study will develop new methodologies enabling detailed analyses of case reports.

Preliminary work has been carried out and it is for the HPA and Office for National Statistics to take matters forward.

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