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Hepburn hails healthcare hygiene

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 00:00 GMT on Friday, July 8th, 2011.

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CUMBERNAULD and Kilsyth MSP, Jamie Hepburn has hailed the work of the Scottish Government in tackling Hospital Born Infections, such as C.difficile and MRSA.
Hepburn welcomed the news that infections such as C.difficle and MRSA in Scottish hospitals are now at their lowest ever levels, after figures, published in the latest report by Health Protection Scotland, show that from January to March 2011, Scotland exceeded their plan of a 50 per cent reduction in Clostridium difficile rates for over the 65s, by delivering a 71 per cent decrease.
The target reduction of 50% was set back in March, last year, by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Nicola Sturgeon MSP.  Locally, in NHS Lanarkshire hospitals, the number of C.difficile cases fell from 226, in January- March 2007, to only 38 cases, through January to March, this year.

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Commenting after the announcement Jamie Hepburn MSP said: “The Scottish Government adopted a zero-tolerance approach to superbugs in our hospitals, and these figures show the efforts are paying off.
“Over the last four years there’s been a dramatic decline in the number of C-difficile cases in NHS Lanarkshire, which is a testament to the priority the SNP Government has put on investing in the health service.  Funding to tackle hospital-acquired infections has tripled over three years to £50million.
“Even in these difficult economic times, the SNP is committed to protecting health spending from UK cuts affecting other parts of our budget. Patients need to have confidence that they will receive top quality care in our NHS."

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