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Anger as Most Hospitals Fail Hygiene Check

Magazine article Public Finance

Anger as Most Hospitals Fail Hygiene Check

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Patients' groups have reacted with anger to the finding that the vast majority of acute hospitals failed a hygiene and cleanliness spot check.

Only 5 out of 51 acute hospital trusts in England were given a completely clean bill of health by the Healthcare Commission after a series of unannounced inspections.

The watchdog found the majority failed to meet standards introduced to fight hospital infections such as MRSA and C difficile, although most had improved in general cleanliness.

Katherine Murphy, director of the Patients Association, said patient safety should be the primary concern of every trust board in the country.

'It is wrong that the additional costs generated by having to deal with health care-acquired infections has a detrimental affect on the iunding of other areas of health care,' she added.

The Healthcare Commission said that while most of the failures did not pose an immediate risk to patients, almost all the trusts had to do more to control the spread of infections. …

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