Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 13 March 2023.

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Photo of Geraint Davies Geraint Davies Labour, Swansea West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the findings in the article by Guest, J. et.al entitled Modelling the annual NHS costs and outcomes attributable to healthcare-associated infections in England, published in the British medical journal on 22 January 2020, on (a) the cost to the NHS, (b) the number of patient deaths, (c) the number of occupied hospital bed days and (d) days of absenteeism by health and care professionals due to hospital-acquired infections.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)

The Government is aware of the findings in the article by Guest, J. et al. 'Modelling the annual NHS costs and outcomes attributable to healthcare-associated infections in England'. Estimates of the cost to the National Health Service, the number of patient deaths, the number of occupied hospital bed days and days of absenteeism by health and care professionals due to healthcare-associated infections are welcome and inform the Government’s assessment of the cost-effectiveness of policy options.

The UK Health Security Agency monitors the numbers of certain infections that occur in healthcare settings through routine surveillance programmes and advises on how to prevent and control infection in establishments such as hospitals, care homes and schools.

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