Health secretary Alan Johnson has announced £50m extra funding to tackle healthcare associated infections such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile.

The government also aims to double the size of infection improvement teams so that any trust that is not on course to meet the 2008 MRSA target or has a significant number of patients with C difficile will have access to a team of experts to help them reduce infection.

Mr Johnson said: 'I am asking each director of nursing in every strategic health authority to make sure that frontline clinicians are supported in the work they do to reduce infection.'

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