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Healthcare: Secondary Infection

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Spokesperson for Health

To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they have taken to ensure a co-ordinated approach to tackling healthcare-associated infections between healthcare professionals, patients and officials.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

We take a number of measures to ensure a co-ordinated approach between the parties mentioned.

Development and review of policies and guidance take account of views from both healthcare professionals and patient groups. Significant pieces of work, such as the Code of Practice for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections, are formally consulted on, and views of healthcare professionals and patients are being sought in the development of a new minimum standard for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus(M RSA).

Our advisory committee on antimicrobial resistance and healthcare associated infection (ARHAI) membership includes academics, healthcare professionals and a lay member. We also provide targeted support directly to trusts on healthcare associated infections and use this experience of the front line to inform other activities.

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