MRSA cases ‘on the rise in one in 10 hospital trusts’, report shows

An MRSA bacteria strain in a petri dish

Cases of the deadly superbug MRSA are still on the rise in one in 10 hospital trusts, while one in five still have increasing rates of C. difficile, an official report shows.

By Kate Devlin, Medical Correspondent
Published: 7:00AM BST 12 Jun 2009
An MRSA bacteria strain in a petri dish
An MRSA bacteria strain in a petri dish Photo: REUTERS

The report by the National Audit Office (NAO) sparked criticism of a “lamentable lack of progress” on measuring other potentially dangerous bloodstream infections which are also on the rise but are being neglected because of the concentration on MRSA and C. diff.

Cases of MRSA have fallen by half across the country since ministers set a national target in 2004, while C. diff rates have dropped by one third.

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