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Clostridium Difficile

Health written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to protect public health from methicillin-resistant clostridium difficile.

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

The Government have made clear it is a key priority that the national health service operates a zero tolerance approach to all avoidable clostridium difficile infections.

The NHS Operating Framework 2012-13 (published 24 November 2011) again prioritises the achievement of the c . difficile objective. Those organisations who have the highest rates of c . difficile infections will be required to make the largest reductions.

This objective, through its successful implementation, will continue to build on the significant progress already made by moving the performance of all organisations towards the level of the best, and consequently will reduce numbers at a national level.

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