Hospital infection data to be published weekly by DoH

Data on hospital infections will be issued weekly in an attempt to increase transparency, the DoH has said.

From early July, figures for MRSA bloodstream and C. difficile infections in hospitals will be published online each week. Previously data was published monthly by hospital trusts.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley (pictured) said: ‘This is an important step towards our broader plans to provide more relevant information to patients.

‘It will enable people to make meaningful choices because they will be able to make comparisons between different hospitals and healthcare organisations.'

Other healthcare associated infections, such as E. coli and MSSA, will be added to the list in time, Mr Lansley added.

The department hopes the new focus will lead to reductions in infections and lead to financial savings for the NHS, as lower infection rates mean patients spend less time in hospital.

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