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Healthcare Commission will publicise NHS trusts’ levels of infection control

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39507.596979.DB (Published 06 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:526
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. 1London

    The Healthcare Commission is planning to put on its website user friendly statistics about levels of infection control at different NHS trusts in England. It says that patients have a “huge appetite” for safety initiatives and for statistics showing standards at their local hospital.

    The move was discussed at a round table meeting last week of leaders of safety regulators in London, which included representatives from the National Patient Safety Agency and the Health and Safety Executive, as well as from the commission itself.

    The commission’s chief executive, Anna Walker, said that patients were desperate for information. “I get personal letters saying, ‘Please tell me what things are happening …

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