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Policies to increase patient throughput have led to more infections, says BMA

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 11 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2364
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

    A report into infections associated with health care has condemned the government’s reliance on short term solutions, such as deep cleaning, changes in dress code, and alcohol hand gels. It urges that all action to minimise the risk of infections be evidence based.

    The report from the BMA’s board of science, says that the UK government has failed to adequately tackle the problem of healthcare associated infections. It criticises the government for concentrating on meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile while ignoring other healthcare associated infections and infections acquired in the community.

    The report says that government policies to increase the number of patients have led to a rise in infections.

    “With the introduction of broader …

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