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Private Patients

Health written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Steven Baker Steven Baker Conservative, Wycombe

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received from patients who pay for private hospital treatment for the purposes of avoiding the risk of acquiring a serious infection in an NHS hospital; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department has identified no representations of this type from patients in the last six months.

The Government have made clear it is a key priority that the national health service operates a zero tolerance approach to all avoidable health care associated infections. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections are at their lowest ever level since mandatory surveillance was introduced with infections falling by 22% in 2010-11 compared to the previous year. Over the same period, clostridium difficile infections fell by 15%.

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