19/09/2009 - MRSA Action UK: National Quality Board sub-group meeting to discuss the development of the new MRSA objective
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
National Quality Board sub-group
Meeting to discuss the development of the new MRSA objective
The Department of Health is developing a new goal for reductions in MRSA bacteraemia. This is set out in the NHS Operating Framework for 2009/10, following the achievement of the 50% national target reduction. As High Quality Care for All set out, once national targets are achieved they will become national minimum standards for all NHS organisations and a national standard for all patients. The stakeholder engagement exercise to consult on the new objective ended on the 24th July.
Derek Butler will attend the National Quality Board sub-group to evaluate the issues raised in responses from healthcare professionals. The sub-group are keen to understand the issues involved and make the right choice to drive improvement in MRSA without de-motivating staff. The sub-group will make recommendations to the National Quality Board following the evaluation of the stakeholder responses.
We believe the MRSA Objective should be zero tolerance to avoidable infections; the targets for improvement therefore need to be local and deliverable. To read our response to the National Quality Board click here.
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A British researcher has developed a new test that should help doctors identify the presence of the MRSA "superbug" more quickly.
According to new official figures the rates of the antibiotic-resistant MRSA infection in England are at their lowest level since mandatory records began in 2001.
Deaths resulting from the MRSA superbug have doubled over the past four years, new figures have revealed.
Health Secretary John Reid has pledged to halve MRSA bloodstream infections by 2008.
The Conservative Party leader has claimed that Government policies have actually made the problems of MRSA in the UK worse.
Matrons would be put in charge of hospital cleanliness as part of a new £52 million Conservative initiative to help combat MRSA.
Michael Howard has said that the Conservatives would introduce a state-of-the-art testing system to quickly identify patients infected with MRSA is they win the general election.
The Conservative's NHS policies would tackle the problem of the superbug MRSA, according to its party's leader.
The Conservatives have criticised the Government's policies on health for the recent rise in MRSA cases in hospitals.
Cases of the "superbug" in under-15s rose from just 4 in 1990 to 77 in 2001.