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Pains In The Neck

by | 21st, February 2006

‘NO sign of Lesley Ash, the celebrity face of MRSA, in the Mail’s front-page story on how “ONE IN TEN PATIENTS CATCHES AN INFECTION IN HOSPITAL”.

The Mail says the chances of contracting a potentially fatal illness by checking into a British hospital are among the highest in the world. (No figures are provided to back this claim up, but as soon as we get the data from hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, the Indian sub-continent and elsewhere we’ll let you know.)

The Mail has seen a report from the British Medical Association which says that MRSA and clostridium difficile (a cause of diarrhoea) play some part in the deaths of “at least” 5,000 patients a year.

In England alone, 300,000 patients a year pick up an infection during a hospital visit.

And the Mail thinks it knows why. It’s all the Government’s fault. It seems that the race to meet NHS targets has led to a higher turn around time on hospital beds. And this means nurses do not have adequate time to clean beds between patients.

And then there are the neckties. The Sun hears the BMA say that in

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