Unison head of health Karen Jennings has criticised the Department of Health for hiding the full extent of the progress being made by the NHS in tackling MRSA, after government documents revealed in HSJ today ( www.hsj.co.uk) show that next year's MRSA target will not be hit.

She said: 'The public has a right to know what progress if any the Government is making in the fight against MRSA. Let's have the extent of the problem out in the open and introduce bug-busting measures to tackle all hospital acquired infections, including the growing problem of C. difficile.'

Responding to the same report, Conservative Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley said: 'We have consistently called for a search and destroy strategy to fight MRSA. It is now time for the Government to run a pilot scheme of this strategy.

'The Government urgently needs to get a grip on these infections, before financial deficits lead to even greater shortages of staff and even higher bed occupancy rates.'

Read Karen Jennings' comments here

Read Andrew Lansley's comments here

Unison head of health Karen Jennings has criticised the Department of Health for hiding the full extent of the progress being made by the NHS in tackling MRSA, after government documents revealed in HSJ today ( www.hsj.co.uk) show that next year's MRSA target will not be hit.

She said: 'The public has a right to know what progress if any the Government is making in the fight against MRSA. Let's have the extent of the problem out in the open and introduce bug-busting measures to tackle all hospital acquired infections, including the growing problem of C. difficile.'

Responding to the same report, Conservative Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley said: 'We have consistently called for a search and destroy strategy to fight MRSA. It is now time for the Government to run a pilot scheme of this strategy.

'The Government urgently needs to get a grip on these infections, before financial deficits lead to even greater shortages of staff and even higher bed occupancy rates.'

Read Karen Jennings' comments here

Read Andrew Lansley's comments here