Health written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have contracted MRSA in NHS hospitals in London in each of the last five years.

Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham Minister of State (Department of Health) (Delivery and Quality)

Since April 2001, trusts in England have reported all cases of meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteraemias (bloodstream infections), to the Health Protection Agency. Data covering the period April 2001 to March 2006 were published on 24 July 2006(1). The data for those trusts in London are summarised in the table.

(1 )Data are subject to change.

MRSA bacteraemias; London (that is within London Strategic Health Authority: April 2001 to March 2006)
April to March each year: Number of bacteraemias
2001-02 1,616
2002-03 1,707
2003-04 1,682
2004-05 1,392
2005-06 1,320

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