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MRSA found in UK poultry

The first case of MRSA in poultry in the UK has been found in turkeys and chickens on a farm in East Anglia says the Department of Health (DH).A spokesman said that two thirds of the turkeys on the farm, which hasn’t been named, were found to be infected. It is thought that hundreds of […]

Doctors’ tie ban resulted in scruffy health professionals

A health professional has criticised “scruffy doctors” and called for a return to ties and white coats. Stephanie Dancer, a microbiologist at Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride, said patients complained they did not know who the doctor was. In 2008, the Scottish government dropped the white coat and banned ties in a bid to cut […]

DNA code of MRSA superbug cracked by scientists

The DNA code of the superbug MRSA has been cracked by scientists so that their future spread can be halted more quickly.A new device can identify specific bacterial strains from their genetic codes so experts can target the transmission path of the infection and cut it off. In an early test of the technology, researchers […]

Hand hygiene campaign cut hospital superbug infections

The campaign to improve hand hygiene in hospitals in England and Wales is contributing to a significant fall in the rates of superbug infections, according to a report.The study published on the BMJ website showed the amount of soap and hand gel being used tripled during the campaign. At the same time, levels of MRSA […]

Record number of patients catch infections in hospitals

The number of patients who contracted life threatening infections in NHS hospitals has almost doubled in two years to a record level, official figures have shown.Recorded cases of patients with a “nosocomial condition” – any infection acquired in hospital or a medical environment – also rose by more than a third last year compared with […]

Norovirus bug outbreak at 35 hospitals closes dozens of wards

Health officials have issued a warning about the serious threat posed by the norovirus bug after an outbreak has seen cases jump by 20 per cent on this time last year.The winter diarrhoea and vomiting bug has affected 35 hospitals, with hundreds of beds unavailable after 27 wards were shut in the past two weeks […]

Europe losing superbugs battle

The emergence of antibiotic resistant infections has reached unprecedented levels and now outstrips our ability to fight it with existing drugs, European health experts are warning. Each year in the EU over 25,000 people die of bacterial infections that are able to outsmart even the newest antibiotics. The World Health Organization says the situation has […]

MRSA Action UK’s fears for government’s continued failings over hygiene

MRSA Action UK’s dismay at the government’s continued failings to inform the public of the need to protect themselves from Swine Flu and other infectious illnesses that have become a modern day plague. With H1N1 (Swine Flu), norovirus and the continuing threat from MRSA and Clostridium difficile in the community setting MRSA Action UK is […]

Andrew Lansley- an open, transparent NHS is a safer National Health Service

The health secretary Andrew Lansley explains why Dr Foster’s Hospital Guide should be welcomed by patients and NHS professionals. In the first speech I delivered as health secretary, I made one thing perfectly clear: we need a cultural shift in the NHS: from a culture responsive mainly to orders from the top down to one […]

Payout for hospital chief after 90 superbug deaths after DoH bungle

A senior judge has delivered a stinging rebuke to the Department of Health over its treatment of a former head of an NHS trust that experienced the worst superbug outbreak in memory. Lord Justice Sedley gave his ruling as the Court of Appeal awarded more than £190,000 in damages to Rose Gibb, former chief executive […]