Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon has introduced a new system of reporting healthcare-associated infections for hospitals.

Boards will have to report infection rates and hygiene and cleaning compliance on a new template system that will be published every two months.

Ms Sturgeon said the system would include comparisons against the national average and targets.

Transparent

"The HAI template will, for the first time, ensure we have clear, standardised and transparent information available on infection rates not just in all health board areas but in hospitals as well," she said.

"Better monitoring will allow us to identify any infection trouble spots and take urgent action to address problems, while also giving the public unprecedented levels of local information."