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Healthcare Commission requested to carry out annual inspections on infection control

Healthcare Commission : 05 October, 2007  (New Product)
The Healthcare Commission has welcomed a request by the UK Government to carry out annual inspections on infection control at all NHS acute trusts in England.
Anna Walker, the Commission’s Chief Executive, said: 'Infection control is understandably an issue of very high national concern. We are determined to do everything we possibly can to protect patients. We have already been taking action and we stand ready to do more.

'Our experience has shown that Infection control is complex. Cleanliness plays an important part, but there are other issues such as the correct use of antibiotics, good Infection control practices in clinical settings and the availability of isolation facilities.

'Particularly key is leadership. Everybody - from the board of directors through to clinicians and cleaners - must understand the part they play. Trusts need to review and regularly update clinical practice and ensure that training is not only provided but also repeated.

'We must look at all of these things to drive improvements that will make a real difference to patients.

“No one should underestimate how difficult these issues are. We want to work with managers, clinicians and specialists to ensure the best practice in Infection control becomes common practice.

'We are pleased to say that the Department of Health has given the Commission additional resources to carry out this programme of work.'

In June 2007, the Healthcare Commission launched its biggest ever programme of unannounced inspections to check compliance with the government's hygiene code. It is currently visiting 120 trusts over a 12 month period, targeting organisations where there is greatest risk.
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