24/09/2009 - MRSA Action UK: Derek Butler, Chairman MRSA Action UK will be speaking on Developments from the National Quality Board: A New Objective for MRSA
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Derek Butler, Chairman MRSA Action UK will be speaking on Developments from the National Quality Board: A New Objective for MRSA
Church House, London
MRSA Action UK welcome the New Objective for MRSA, John Reid's target to halve the numbers of MRSA bacteraemias from the high rates in 2004 was in our view always a very achievable target, and has focused the hearts and minds of healthcare professionals, bringing an ethos of zero tolerance to many of the leading NHS Trusts in the prevention of avoidable healthcare infections. We look forward to the announcement on the New Objective and know that the NHS will continue to rise to the challenge and champion the cause of zero tolerance to all avoidable infections.More about the programme.
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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.
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Deaths resulting from the MRSA superbug have doubled over the past four years, new figures have revealed.
Matrons would be put in charge of hospital cleanliness as part of a new £52 million Conservative initiative to help combat MRSA.
The Conservative's NHS policies would tackle the problem of the superbug MRSA, according to its party's leader.
The Conservative Party leader has claimed that Government policies have actually made the problems of MRSA in the UK worse.
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NHS managers have accused Michael Howard of publishing exaggerated statistics about the MRSA superbug.