How to cure MRSA - shut the hospitals
Thousands of patients are at risk of contracting MRSA and other deadly "superbugs" because more than half of NHS hospitals are overcrowded, it is claimed today.
New figures show that 216 trusts in England - about 52 per cent of the total - have bed occupancy rates of 85 per cent or more - well above accepted safety levels.
The hospitals suffering overcrowding include 95 trusts where occupancy rates have soared to 90 per cent or more.
The Government's infection-control experts have warned that hospitals need to force occupancy rates below 85 per cent if they are to win the war against MRSA and other superbugs such as Clostridium difficile.
Of course this won't be a problem in the Kennet area soon because to make the NHS even better they are closing my three local hospitals Devizes, Melksham and Trowbridge; if there is no traffic and I can drive then I can just about get to the next hospital in an hour, of course I can't park there as that would be environmentally unfriendly, but so what, it is still the envy of the world.