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Hospital-acquired Infections

May 7, 2002

Question written on 07/05/2002

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress towards a reduction in hospital-acquired infections.

Answered by Yvette Cooper

For the first time this February we published methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus rates for all English acute hospital trusts. This will provide a baseline to measure improvements in hospital acquired infection. A range of actions to reduce HAI is under way and a targeted action plan is being developed as part of the infectious disease strategy.