The public health watchdog has launched an investigation after the number of C difficile incidents in the English NHS rose last year for the first time since 2007.
The Department of Health has rejected calls to make the penalties for breaching C difficile targets more proportionate but promised to keep the situation under review, HSJ has learned.
A third of healthcare associated infections are now caused by bacteria that need to be tackled with different infection control techniques to MRSA and C difficile, a report has warned.
Hospitals may be adopting the wrong strategy for tackling a notorious healthcare associated infection, a study suggests.
The possibility that fines for C difficile infections will have a “destabilising” effect on some hospitals next year is to be investigated by the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
More people than ever picked up infections while spending time in hospitals last year, it has been reported.
Almost a quarter of foundation trusts are failing to hit cancer waiting targets while some are also breaching new rules on A&E, according to a new report.
The number of C difficile deaths in England and Wales fell last year after hospitals took steps to cut instances of so-called “superbug” infections.
A hospital has been closed to new patients following a rise in the number of cases of the C difficile bug.
Rates of both C difficile and MRSA in hospitals are now at their lowest ever levels, official figures show.
Trusts that have failed to meet their C difficile infection targets because of changes in how patient tests are carried out are challenging the “achievability” of even tougher measures.
The number of older people recorded as having contracted the C difficile hospital bug in Scotland has dropped by 37 per cent in a year, statistics showed today.
The quality of private sector care is generally lower than in council-run facilities, the health regulator has warned.
The results of an inquiry into a hospital bug outbreak that claimed 18 lives will be delayed by more than a year.
Progress made in tackling hospital infections in Scotland could come under threat if nursing numbers are cut, representatives of the profession has warned.
New statistics show that more than 650 elderly residents in care homes have died of dehydration in the past five years.
The number of foundation trusts that missed cancer treatment targets rose by a third to 28 out of 130 in the past three months, their regulator Monitor has revealed.
The Department of Health has issued an alert warning that hospital wash basins have been identified as a source of gram negative bacteria.
The downward trend in the number of deaths involving MRSA and C difficile revealed by official figures could be reversed as a result of budget cuts, an infection control specialist warned last week.