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£50k Hospital Superbug Fines For Treliske
5:56am 2nd October 2013
(Updated 5:56am 2nd October 2013)
Pirate FM has learnt Treliske faces a £50,000 fine for every patient who catches a hospital superbug from now on.
21 people have gone down with C. difficile at the Royal Cornwall so far this year.
The target was supposed to be twenty.
Four cases in August pushed them over "tolerance" level for 2013-14.
The superbug is among those that has developed resistance to traditional treatments like antiobiotics.
Doctor Dan Rainbow is a GP in St Ives. He said: "The total number of patients affected by this is still relatively small but, clearly, if the target is being breached this will need to be looked at very carefully to see if any changes can be made to their current practices to try to reduce the rates of C. Diff in the future.
"Certainly it's been something I've been aware of over recent years - that the increasing incidents of C.Diff has meant there has been increasing amounts of information coming out and increasing pressure to reduce antibiotic prescribing."
Marna Blundy from West Cornwall Health Watch said: "It's obviously very worrying - and the fact that the fines are going to hit them very hard. It's an awful lot of money for a trust that is in some difficulty and struggling to keep its head above water as far as finance is concerned anyway. I think it's a real problem."5:56am 2nd October 2013
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