9 days to go: £10 million plan to identify hospital superbug

Conservatives have pledged £10 million to rapidly identify when the MRSA "superbug" is liable to infect patients in NHS hospitals.

 

The commitment to provide the necessary funding to enable all National Health Service hospitals to deploy state of the art nasal swab testing technology was announced by Michael Howard as he unveiled a ten point action plan to wipe out serious hospital-acquired infections.

Addressing an election campaign conference in London, the Conservative Leader declared: "We are committed to urgent, practical action to clean up our hospitals. Because we believe in taking fast and practical action, we will make £10 million available to enable all NHS hospital trusts to deploy nasal swab testing technology. That will mean MRSA can be identified in a matter of hours rather than days."

The test, approved by health authorities in the United States and Canada, provides same-day results, enabling more efficient and effective use of infection-control resources to be deployed in tackling the "superbug" in health care facilities.

Insisting that the time has come to take a stand on high-standard hygiene - the lack of which claims 5000 lives a year from hospital-acquired infections - Mr Howard protested at the way hardworking families are paying an extra £5,000 in tax while Labour is failing to give them value for their money, and stated:

"People don't have to settle for this…which is why cleaner hospitals are one of our five key priorities for government, alongside school discipline, more police, controlled immigration and lower taxes."

He said the party's ten point action plan, drawn up in consultation with the Infection Control Nurses Association, would include giving more power to medical professionals, restoring matrons to hospitals and arming them with powers to shut down dirty wards, ensuring that hospital trusts are fully committed to higher standards, publishing all MRSA infection rate data by clinical department, and rewarding those hospitals which tackle the problem.

 

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