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MRSA in the NHS at a record low

  • Published date:
    3 August 2011

25 acute trusts are MRSA-free for more than a year

MRSA bloodstream infections in the NHS have reached record low levels with fewer than 100 infections recorded in a single month for the first time, new official statistics have confirmed today.

The Health Protection Agency has published the monthly data for MRSA and C.difficile for June 2011. Compared with June 2010, the statistics show:

  • MRSA bloodstream infections have fallen from 134 to 97. This represents a 28 per cent reduction and a record low since MRSA mandatory surveillance started in 2001.
  • 25 acute trusts have had no trust-apportioned MRSA infections between June 2010 and June 2011.
  • C. difficile figures have fallen from 2,001 to 1,681. This represents a 16 per cent reduction and continues the downward trend.

Reacting to today’s figures, Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley said:

“I have been calling for a zero-tolerance approach to avoidable healthcare associated infections since 2004. Now, just over one year into the coalition government, MRSA bloodstream infections in the NHS are at their lowest level since records began with fewer than 100 infections in a single month for the first time.

“What’s more, 25 trusts have been MRSA-free for more than a year, proving that with tough infection control measures we can eradicate avoidable infections from the NHS altogether.

“This sustained pattern of falling infections across the health service is good news. However, the variation between the very best in the country and the very worst is still unacceptably high. So while progress has been made, we must do better to shrink this gap and improve standards for all.”

The HPA now publish MRSA and C. difficile infection data on a weekly basis for each hospital site so patients can see which hospitals are doing well and which ones are lagging behind. Mandatory surveillance now also includes MSSA and E. coli infections.

Greater transparency of information and data will encourage service providers to continue to reduce infections, leading to better patient outcomes, as well as savings for the NHS.


Notes to editors

1. The healthcare associated infection statistics between June 2010 and June 2011 can be found on the HPA website:

2. The 25 acute trusts that have had no trust-apportioned MRSA infections between June 2010 and June 2011 are:

  • Barnsley Hospital
  • Basingstoke & North Hampshire
  • Birmingham Children's Hospital
  • Burton Hospitals
  • Christie Hospital
  • Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology
  • Colchester Hospital University
  • George Eliot Hospital
  • Kettering General Hospital
  • Liverpool Women's
  • Mid Cheshire Hospitals
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital
  • North Cumbria University Hospitals
  • Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic & District Hospital
  • Royal Berkshire
  • Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases
  • Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
  • Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals
  • Sheffield Children's
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals
  • The Rotherham
  • The Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals
  • The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital
  • Trafford Healthcare
  • West Suffolk Hospitals

3. For media queries please contact the Department of Health Newsdesk on 0207 210 5221.

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