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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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Lawyer quits his job to run a circus

Many people sometimes say it's their dream to run away to the circus. Well former city lawyer Gary Stocker has done just that.

Gary's always wanted to be a performer not a lawyer, so he now runs Chaplin's Circus where he also appears as a human cannonball.

Their circus will be performing in Cambridge and Saffron Walden in Essex.

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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

Cambridge: Bosses call for calm over Addenbrooke's black alert

Addenbrooke's hospital has been placed on black alert.
Addenbrooke's hospital has been placed on black alert. Credit: PA

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's meant that the hospital's found it hard to move people on from A and E to other departments. However, managers at the trust have called for calm.

"Largely we're able to turnaround over 90% of them (A and E patients) in good, short order and those that do have to wait - they are cared for well within the emergency units," Dr Keith McNeil, Chief Executive of Cambridge University Hospitals said.

"So, in terms of clinical quality and care - there's no impact at all."

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Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge placed on black alert

Addenbrooke's Hospital. Credit: PA Images

Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge has been placed on black alert because of a rise in emergency admissions.

It's the highest level of alert and has led to some planned surgery being delayed. Patients can not move on from A and E to other departments because of staff shortages and the large number of patients that have been admitted over the past couple of weeks.

Managers at the hospital say they have also opened contingency areas.

Crackdown on pavement parkers

POLICE are cracking down on motorists who park on pavements in Cambridge. Numerous complaints have been received about people causing an unnecessary obstruction in the city centre and it was adopted as a local priority following a meeting.

Officers will issue £30 penalty notices to motorists who ignore the warning. Sergeant Paul Street said:

"We are responding to the concerns of local people and motorists who do cause an unnecessary obstruction can expect a fine.

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