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Hospital Infection Affecting Patients in Scotland

The survey found almost all of the infections of the super bug clostridium difficile were found in elderly and medical wards She said if infections were cut by 30 per cent, the NHS could save 55 million a year. Ms Sturgeon said this money could pay for an extra 8,000 patients to be treated.

Willie Duffy, from health union Unison, said that the quality of cleaning in hospitals had declined since the introduction of competitive tendering of hospital cleaning in the 1980s and the continuing outsourcing of cleaning at PFI hospitals.

In one of his first acts as Secretary of State for Health, Alan Johnson has committed 50m of additional funds to tackle healthcare-associated infections at the same time has doubling the size of the Department of Health's (DH) Infection Improvement Team.

Prof Curtis Gemmell, a national adviser on MRSA and hospital infections, said the problem had been made worse by improper use of antibiotics.

He said: "The organism has developed resistance to many of the antibiotics we use in hospital."


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