Super bug figures hide the true extent of hospital acquired infections

The Government have been trying to claim that today's announcement that MRSA cases has fallen is some sort of triumph of vindication of their policies. The fact that C.Dif infections is up seems to be taking up less of the government's time, but is well reported HERE.

What is interesting though are the comments I heard on Radio Five Live earlier from a charity who monitor hospital acquired infection rates. They claimed that the reporting period for MRSA was actually only nine months, not twelve months, meaning comparisons are difficult to make, whilst some hospitals have reclassified some hospital acquired infections so they do not have to report the,. more worryingly, some NHS trusts had completely failed to submit numbers on C.Dif infections.

It seems, like Gordon Brown's economic figures, Labour are able to hide all manner of things in their health figures too.

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