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New plan launched to tackle Britain's high rate of hospital infection

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 11 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1366
  1. Stephen Pincock
  1. London

    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 …

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