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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Australia : Hospital infection rates cause concern

Via ABC News :

" The New South Wales Health Minister is demanding answers about infection rates in some hospitals.

Data obtained under freedom of information has revealed that several hospitals across the state are failing to meeting national infection benchmarks.

Minister Jillian Skinner says rates overall in NSW are well below the standard set by the Council of Australian Governments agreement.

But Ms Skinner says will be seeking an explanation on why the rates are so high are certain sites.

She says conditions are those hospitals need to be examined and improved where possible.

"Liverpool, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Concord, why are the infection rates at those hospitals worse than other biggies? They're the sort of thing I'd like to know," Ms Skinner said.

"I'll be asking why that's the case and what they intend doing about it, because if some of the hospitals are able to get their infection rates down then we should learn lessons from them."

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