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MRSA bug may be "impossible" to eradicate, Cambridge scientists warn

Scientists in Cambridge say it may be
Scientists in Cambridge say it may be "impossible" to completely eradicate all strains of MRSA in hospitals. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Scientists in Cambridge say it may be "impossible" to completely eradicate all strains of MRSA in hospitals.

Instances of the superbug have decreased dramatically since 2001 because of new hygiene regimes, but experts say hospitals doing their best should not be penalised because it's impossible to control numerous strains of the bug being brought into hospitals unwittingly by patients and visitors.

"If you go above a certain level of patients screened positively for MRSA a year, then we are fined a lot of money.

The Government shouldn’t be gallivanting around suggesting a zero-tolerance policy, it can’t possibly work, the level can never be at zero."

– Dr Estee Torok

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Colchester's hospitals still "need improvements", inspectors say

Colchester Hospital.
Colchester Hospital. Credit: PA

The Care Quality Commission says both Colchester Hospital and Essex County Hospital need to make further improvements to their services.

The Trust, which runs both hospitals, has been in special measures since last October.

The Trust says significant progress has been made but there is more to do.

Colchester Hospital to invest in new parking facilities?

More than £700,000 could be spent on increasing the number of parking spaces at Colchester General Hospital.
More than £700,000 could be spent on increasing the number of parking spaces at Colchester General Hospital. Credit: PA

More than £700,000 could be spent on increasing the number of parking spaces at Colchester General Hospital after concerns there's not enough to meet demand.

The NHS Foundation Trust will look at a report today which if given the go ahead would provide 180 public parking spaces.

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Announcement expected on Basildon Hospital progress

Basildon University Hospital.
Basildon University Hospital. Credit: PA

An announcement is expected later today on the progress made by Basildon Hospital after it was put into special measures.

It became one of the first hospitals in the country to implement a turn-around programme after it emerged that the death rate among patients was higher than expected.

It's now moved out of special measures and has taken on extra staff.

Addenbrooke's Hospital: 'Accident and emergency patients can still expect quality care' despite black alert

Bosses at Addenbrooke's in Cambridge say accident and emergency patients can still expect quality care despite the hospital being placed on black alert.

A shortage of staff has meant that the hospital has found it hard to move people on from A and E to other departments. But managers say patients do not need to worry.

"Largely we're able to turnaround over 90% of them in good, short order and those that do have to wait - they are cared for well within the emergencies. So, in terms of clinical quality and care - there's no impact at all."

– Dr Keith Mc Neil, Chief Executive, Cambridge University Hospitals
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