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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 […]

Norovirus winter vomiting bug claims a million people

The number of sufferers of the winter vomiting bug Norovirus in England and Wales have topped a million the latest figures from the Health Protection Agency suggest.It said there were 3,538 lab-confirmed cases up to 16 December – but that for each another 288 go unreported. The figure is 83% higher than at this stage […]

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 […]

New superbug NDM-1 spreads to UK hospitals by health tourists

International travel and medical tourism helped the spread of drug resistant bacteria that could lead to the end of antibiotics, scientists have warned. A new gene, NDM-1 (New Delhi metallo—lactamase), emerged which allows bacteria to be highly resistant to almost all antibiotics, the scientists said. NDM-1 spread in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.  But it was […]

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 […]

Quarter of NHS trusts failing hygiene tests

A quarter of health trusts failed to meet standards over hospital infections while five were warned over blood-spattered walls and mouldy instruments under a toughened regulatory regime. Of particular concern was the state of ambulances, which were inspected for the first time. Investigators found dirty forceps stored in some vehicles as well as bloodstains. The […]