Extra cash for hospitals to fight superbugs

Extra cash for hospitals to fight superbugs


Extra funds are to be pumped into the NHS to help hospitals tackle the superbug crisis.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a 45m cash injection that will be shared by hospitals to reduce infection rates.

More than 5,500 people died from E.coli infections in UK hospitals last year - many of them were from antibiotic-resistant strains.

Hospitals will be asked to reduce E.coli infections by 10% and use antibiotics appropriately.

Antibiotic misuse can cause resistant strains of bacteria to develop.

Staff are also being told to prevent urinary tract infections which are commonly caused by poorly fitted catheters.

The Government plans to improve transparency by forcing hospitals to publish staff hand hygiene figures based on the amount of hand gel they use.

Wards will also display E.coli rates and data is to be published so patients can see where antibiotics are being prescribed incorrectly.

Mr Hunt said: "The best way to make sure antibiotics continue to work is by minimising their use, which means we need to start a new war on avoidable hospital infections."

Rates of MRSA and C.difficile have been reduced with infections dropping by 57% and 45% respectively.

A third of E.coli infections are now antibiotic-resistant and are twice as deadly as those that can be treated with drugs, the Department of Health said.

Government figures show cases of E.coli exceeded 38,000 last year - a 6,000 increase since 2013.



Add Comment

all comments

  Other news

more
Herne Bay rail death: Teenager found 'electrocuted' on tracks

Herne Bay rail death: Teenager found 'electrocuted' on tracks..

26-Jul, 22:41

A 16-year-old girl has been found dead on tracks at a railway station,...

Eastenders' Jacqueline Jossa shares tear-jerking message to daughter Ella as she leaves her to film the BBC soap: 'Mummy misses you'

Eastenders' Jacqueline Jossa shares tear-jerking message to daughter Ella as she leaves her to..

27-Jul, 14:10

The pair, who share little girl Ella together, are happier than ever in...

Excessive force? London police point assault rifles at men in traffic stop (VIDEO)

Excessive force? London police point assault rifles at men in traffic stop (VIDEO)..

27-Jul, 10:10

Police in London have been accused of using excessive force after being...

Lawsuit seeks publication of net neutrality discussions between FCC chair & internet providers

Lawsuit seeks publication of net neutrality discussions between FCC chair & internet providers..

27-Jul, 01:10

A transparency advocacy group is suing the Federal Communications...

The Latest: Fans say farewell to music legend Chuck Berry

The Latest: Fans say farewell to music legend Chuck Berry..

09-Apr, 12:40

The Latest on the public viewing and private service honoring rock 'n'...

How a food writer struggling with mental illness found comfort through cooking

How a food writer struggling with mental illness found comfort through cooking..

19-Apr, 04:27

When David Leite was a young boy, his mother used to write notes all over...

Residents trapped in Libya Tripoli amid militia fighting

Residents trapped in Libya Tripoli amid militia fighting..

23-Feb, 19:12

Heavy fighting erupted in the Libyan capital among militias allied to the...

Military unrest, gunfire paralyze city areas in Ivory Coast

Military unrest, gunfire paralyze city areas in Ivory Coast..

15-May, 13:24

Gunfire and continued threats by mutinous soldiers in several cities in...