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New hygiene law aims to reduce infections in German hospitals

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d415 (Published 21 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d415
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

Germany’s ruling coalition headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning a new law that will require hospitals to improve overall hygiene standards, which some experts believe often fall below minimum requirements and lead each year to thousands of avoidable infections and deaths.

A draft bill is expected to be introduced by March in the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, and approved by summer, said Jens Spahn, a Bundestag member who is a health expert within Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party.

The ruling coalition and the federal Ministry of Health believe that some …

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