The Scottish government is to appoint a 'superbug supremo' to check on hospitals' infection control.
The chief inspector, to be appointed next month, will lead Scotland's new inspectorate, the Care Environment Inspectorate, which will carry out random inspections of every Scottish acute hospital to check on infection prevention and cleanliness.
As part of the inspection process, all NHS boards are required to provide self assessment information. This material has been issued to boards today.
The public will also be able to contact the inspectorate directly to report concerns.
"No stone unturned"
The Scottish government said the chief inspector will be responsible for "ensuring that the inspectorate is rigorous, thorough and leaves no stone unturned in the battle against bugs".
Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: "Nobody should doubt this government's commitment to tackling healthcare associated infections. We have put in place a comprehensive package of measures, including boosting spending by 260 per cent.
"But it's crucial that we - and, more importantly, the public - are assured that this work is delivering the high standards everyone expects.
"The Care Environment Inspectorate's stringent independent inspection regime will do just that.
"The appointment of a chief inspector is key to making the inspectorate a success. With the right person at the helm, offering strategic vision and strong leadership, I'm confident that the inspectorate will ensure all boards meet the highest possible standards.
"The opportunity for the public to contact the new inspectorate reflects my commitment to ensuring that the inspections have public confidence and support."