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RCS Statement on Public Accounts Committee report into reducing healthcare infections

10 November 2009

Royal College of Surgeons responds to Public Accounts Committee report into reducing healthcare infections

John Black, President of the Royal College of Surgeons said:

“This report from the public accounts committee on hospital acquired infections rightly highlights how we don't have a national picture on incidences such as surgical site infections let alone any strategy to start to assess the risk to patients and begin the task of dealing with them. Furthermore the report highlights a lack of progress in understanding the impact of patient movement and bed occupancy on healthcare infections which the college has been pressing for since last year.

The department of health has had great success at chasing down MRSA and C.diff infection rates through focussed initiatives such as additional hospital cleaning and hand washing - it now needs to look carefully at these other issues in order to make further progress.”

The College policy on healthcare infections can be found here.