The Healthcare Commission today launched the biggest inspection programme ever carried out in NHS acute trusts to check whether they are meeting standards on infection control.

It will inspect all 172 acute trusts annually. The commission has warned that trusts should check they are meeting the 11 mandatory duties outlined in the government's hygiene code, which came into force as part of the Health Act 2006.

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