Saturday, 5 March 2011 12:00 AM
MRSA Action UK Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 5th March from 2.00pm to 6.00pm at Winsford Lifestyle Centre
The Drumber, Winsford, Cheshire CW7 1AD
The meeting is open to the public and our Patron Edwina Currie will be there to meet members and guests, in her message in our Annual Report Edwina says:
"2010 has been a year of changes in the outside world, and it remains to be seen whether patients will benefit or not.
A new government - and a coalition at that - is the least predictable of creatures. Concern about the NHS continued to be raised throughout the campaign, while scandals at hospitals have not gone away. However figures for MRSA bacteraemias and C Diff cases both in hospitals and in the community are now published weekly, and we have made effective use of this refreshing transparency. At one conference I was able to tell a keynote speaker that instead of perfection at her hospital it was in fact the worst offender in the north-west. Now she knows, and there are fewer excuses, fewer places to hide.
The new Health Secretary has announced that Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities will be abolished; instead GPs will be responsible for commissioning health care. This is not entirely new - GP Fund holders have existed before. Our task does not change: warning them about the dangers of over-prescribing antibiotics, about the need to keep up with the latest research, about the increasing problems in care homes and in the community. Maybe GPs will listen more than administrators? That remains to be seen. The advice is the same - wash your hands before touching me please!
Care homes are now being checked and inspected more thoroughly than ever before. That is revealing an appalling level of ignorance about basic hygiene, and a complacency with the standard of care delivered. I fear there may be scandals yet to come in that sector. On this I hope I am wrong.
MRSA Action UK is the forerunner in bringing these important issues to the public. We never forget that it's patients - real people, with families and loved ones - that we are talking about. It looks as if we will be needed for some time to come."
We look forward to welcoming members and those who would like to attend.