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NHS may miss target on reducing MRSA by 2008, minister says

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 02 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:938
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    The government's target to halve infections of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the blood by 2008 is looking uncertain, a UK government minister hinted last week.

    The health minister Andy Burnham, giving evidence to MPs in the parliamentary health committee, said that the results he had received showed progress towards the target but that this was not good enough.

    The former health secretary John Reid announced in 2004 a new target to halve rates of MRSA infection in the blood by 2008.

    Mr Burnham was pessimistic about how well NHS organisations …

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