90% of NHS trusts fail government hygiene code

Only five out of 51 acute NHS trusts comply with all requirements of the government's hygiene code, according to the Healthcare Commission.

Credit: iStockphoto/Robert Kirk
Credit: iStockphoto/Robert Kirk

97% of lapses did not represent an immediate risk to the safety of patients, although the watchdog’s analysis suggests that almost all acute trusts have more work to do to get systems for infection prevention and control in place.

Generally, it praises NHS trusts for showing increasing commitment to reducing healthcare-associated infections.

But it adds that the NHS must maintain the pressure because spotchecks reveal gaps in many trusts’ systems.

The Healthcare Commission today publishes the analysis of unannounced inspections at 51 acute NHS trusts in England, 30% of the acute sector.

The spotchecks are part of the biggest ever programme of inspections in the NHS, designed to assess the compliance of acute NHS trusts with the government’s hygiene code.


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