Saturday, 15 August 2009

Superbugs - more than 30,000 British die in five years

It's real, it's happening and it does not seem to be so bad on the Continent of Europe

What on earth is Britain doing wrong?

This is no time for a discredited Agriculture Mininstry - Defra to hold back information on MRSA tests on British pigs.

Death toll from hospital bugs hits new high

More than 30,000 people have died after contracting the hospital infections MRSA and Clostridium difficile in just five years, officialfigures will show this week. By Laura Donnelly, Health Correspondent Published: 9:00PM BST 15 Aug 2009

Data from the Office for National Statistics covering 2004 to 2008 is expected to show record numbers of deaths linked to the superbugs in England and Wales.

Opposition politicians said the Government had allowed "a horrifying death toll" because of its "slow and sloppy" response to spiralling levels of infection in NHS hospitals.

Official data shows a doubling in the death toll linked to MRSA during the period 2004 to 2007, compared with the previous four years, and a quadrupling in deaths linked to C. diff, when two sets of three-year figures are compared.

Between 2004 and 2007 there were more than 20,000 deaths linked to C.diff and more than 6,000 associated with MRSA.... more