The Healthcare Commission has today launched a year-long programme of unannounced spot checks to 120 NHS trusts to check compliance with the government's Hygiene Code.

The code, launched last October, outlines 11 compulsory duties to prevent and manage healthcare-associated infections such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile. Trusts found lacking could be put under special measures by the health secretary if they fail to take adequate corrective action.

Read the press release here

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