Patients are benefitting from hospitals that are cleaner and safer than they’ve been in 15 years, thanks to the coalition Government’s unwavering commitment to hospital standards.
New figures show that deaths from MRSA have fallen to the lowest level since 1996, reflecting the huge fall in the number of people infected by the superbug overall. This progress is a testament to the hard work and dedication of NHS staff across the country.
The Countess of Chester Hospital is leading the way, with figures released last month showing that there have been no reported cases of MRSA in the previous year. The Countess of Chester has also recently received an award recognising its efforts in improving standards of cleanliness.
Commenting on the falling infection rates, Stephen Mosley, MP for The City of Chester, said “This is great news for patients across the country, and especially here in Chester. Hospital cleanliness is rightly a key priority for this government, and I am pleased to see that efforts to improve standards in our NHS are paying off”.
Under the last Government, superbugs were a growing danger in our hospitals. MRSA deaths rose by more than 450 per cent between 1996 and 2006. At the peak of the crisis, 1,651 people died in one year. This tragedy could have been avoided with a relentless focus on clean hospitals and hygiene standards.
The Government has a zero tolerance approach to all hospital infections. Infection rates are now published on a weekly basis to ensure there is absolute transparency – something never done before. As numbers fall, we can see that the no-nonsense approach is paying off – and it is patients that will benefit.