A nurse takes part in hand hygiene week, an initiative by Leeds health organisations to persuade healthcare staff and the public to help control infection by frequent and thorough hand washing. It follows a study that found 89 per cent of healthcare workers failed to wash every part of their hands.
Financial penalties are being lifted from high-profile standards including cancer and elective waiting times, so far without attracting much attention. How is this happening? And will it work, asks Rob Findlay
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