New plan launched to tackle Britain's high rate of hospital infectionBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7428.1366-c (Published 11 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1366
- Stephen Pincock
The British government has announced new plans to tackle the problem of hospital acquired infections, which affect about 100 000 Britons each year and generate costs of £1bn ($1.7bn; €1.4bn).
The new plans, proposed by chief medical officer, Professor Liam Donaldson, include appointing a director of infection control with the power to enforce infection control measures at every NHS trust.
The plans also promise a new drive to ensure that staff wash their hands frequently. The Commission for Health Audit and Inspection will also be asked to make infection control a key …