UK's increased cleaning investment coincides with falling reported cases of MRSA
According to the government’s latest annual Hospital
Estates and Facilities Statistics report, the NHS spent an
additional 10% on cleaning hospitals in the past year.
The newly released comprehensive estate management
data for 2009-10 revealed that spending on hospital
cleaning services rose from £820m to £900m, an increase
of 9.7%, reports www.cleanzine.com.
The data coincides with an external report from the
Health Protection Agency, which showed that the
number of reported cases of hospital-acquired MRSA
infections is also on the wane.
In the financial year 2008/09, there was a 34% fall in the
number of reported cases of MRSA, while in 2007/08,
the cases per 10,000 bed days sunk to 0.79, down from
1.19 on the previous year. “This trend, where increased
spending is being mirrored by declining rates of MRSA,
is very encouraging. It shows that the extra investment
in cleaning is being reflected in a substantial reduction
of one the greatest threats facing hospital patients
today,” says Mark Woodhead, Chairman of the British