The Commission will check compliance with the Government's Hygiene Code, which outlines 11 compulsory duties to prevent and manage healthcare-associated infections such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile.
The Commission will use data on rates of infection, as well as a range of other data it brings together, to identify trusts that may not be meeting requirements and carry out visits accordingly. Up to two-thirds of all acute NHS trusts will be inspected as part of this initiative.
Where the Commission identifies a breach of the Code, it will require trusts to outline an action plan to rectify problems within a specified time.
Anna Walker, chief executive of the Healthcare Commission, has written to all chief executives of the NHS trusts informing them of the programme of visits. Ms Walker said: 'Boards of all acute trusts must take notices: chances are you're going to be assessed against the Hygiene Code, so make sure you're ready.'
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