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Tuesday, 26 April 2005 10:23
BNN: British Nursing News Online · www.bnn-online.co.uk
£10 million plan to fight MRSA
The Conservatives have unveiled a £10 million plan to fight methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) the hospital superbug.

Tory leader Michael Howard said the money would enable all NHS hospital trusts to implement state-of-the-art technology to identify MRSA by nasal swab testing "in a matter of hours as opposed to days".

Speaking at the Conservatives' media conference in London, Mr Howard said: "In the fourth richest country in the world, more people die from infections they've picked up in hospitals than they do on our roads. That's 5,000 deaths each year; each death a tragedy for a family."

He said the 10-point action plan had at its heart "a commitment to give power to doctors, nurses and local professionals. They should run our hospitals, not bureaucrats sitting in Whitehall".

The Tory leader went on: "Doctors and nurses know best how to care for the sick and to cure the ill.

"A Conservative government will trust them to exercise their judgment - not second-guess them at every turn with targets and initiatives.

"We'll bring back matrons - giving them the power to shut hospital wards and operating theatres that are infected with the superbug if they think that is what's needed.

"We'll expect hospital trusts to commit to high standards because we believe you cannot manage a problem without having clear standards”.


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