Healthcare Commission launches biggest ever NHS check on infection control

The Healthcare Commission has, today – 24 April 2008, launched a major programme of infection control inspection covering all 172 acute trusts annually as part of a drive to: reduce death and illness from healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs); improve the experience of patients in hospital; and increase public confidence in the NHS. The programme was established at the request of the Secretary of State for Health.

The Commission this week wrote to all acute trusts, calling on them to ensure that they have the necessary systems in place to minimise the risk to patients of catching a HCAI such as MRSA or Clostridium difficile.

In particular, trusts should check they are meeting the 11 mandatory duties outlined in the government’s hygiene code, which came into force as part of the Health Act 2006.

For further information on the Commission’s infection control inspection programme, click here.


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