PERFORMANCE: NHS London has launched an investigation into a “sharp increase” in Clostridium difficile cases in Camden since the beginning of 2012-13.

A report to the board of NHS North Central London said: “Cases of Clostridium difficile has shown a sharp increase since month one which relates in part to the testing protocols and location.

“The number of cases among Camden residents is 20; the remaining cases are in patients residing outside of the Camden borough but their results were processed at a laboratory in Camden and thus coded at this location.

“There is some evidence of an increase across the whole of London. No deaths have occurred. All cases are being tracked and monitored. The governing body queried if this coding issue could also indicate that a number of Camden patients may have been tested at out-of-borough laboratories. NHS London have launched a review to investigate the issue.”