Mrsa | Superbug Infections In Decline - Report

The Health Protection Agency has confirmed that cases of the superbug are at a record low with fewer than 100 infections in a single month across NHS trusts in England.

Compared with June 2010, figures for this June show MRSA bloodstream infections in the NHS have fallen from 134 to 97, while the latest data showed 25 acute trusts have been free of the superbug for the last year.

In addition C. difficile infections (CDI) have fallen by 16 per cent in the last 12 months from 2,001 to 1,681, continuing a downward trend.

Labour has proclaimed the figures as a victory followings its introduction of mandatory surveillance of hospital infections in 2001 after the number of patients contracting superbugs MRSA and CDI soared.

Shadow health secretary John Healey said: “Patients recognise the hard work hospital staff have put in to tackling infections that has seen MRSA rates slashed by 80 per cent since 2004.

“It just shows how the NHS can improve through team work and collaboration, but now the government is putting that all at

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