MRSA: Bugging care homes?


Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

By MARTIN WIGG, independent care consultant. Tel: 020 8386 1126 Email: mcewigg@aol.com “There is little large scale government spending on microbiology research Å  this is unacceptable” said Dr M. Enright, Department of Biology and Biochemistry Bath University, in the February edition of Microbiology Today. Dr Enright is an expert on the evolution and epidemiology of MRSA. His research has led him to believe that the Department of Health¹s strategy in respect of MRSA is flawed. The new strategy was announced on March 7 by John Reid, Minister of Health, when he stated that the aim is to reduce the incidence of MRSA by 50% by 2008. He went on to say: “I have made it clear that lowering rates of healthcare acquired infections, such as MRSA is a top priority, and that the Government is committed to a relentless campaign to control MRSA.” “Everyone has a role to play – hospital cleaners are as important as consultants when it comes to these issues,” he said. But why then does he make no mention of the 391,000 bed





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