PERFORMANCE: St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals had recorded 10 cases (year-to-date) of hospital acquired MRSA by the end of February, against a target of no more than three for the year, board papers state.

An infection control update, submitted to the trust’s March 2013 board meeting, summarised root cause analyses of seven of all 10 cases.

The analyses found that staffing levels were a factor in three of the cases, the report shows.