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Cornwall's Superbug Battle

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4:32pm 10th April 2014

Cornwall's biggest hospital says it is acting to cut superbug rates as it is revealed it could have been fined over a million pounds.

That is because Treliske missed its target last year. In theory the trust can be fines £50,000 for every case over its limit.

There were 41 cases of C.Diff, more than double the limit set.

The target has been increased to 35 this year.  

Bosses say they are looking at the use of anti-biotics to reduce numbers.  

Doctor Dan Rainbow is a GP in St Ives. Speaking when the fines were introduced 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."

Joint Director for Infection Prevention and Control at the RCHT, Dr Andrew Collinson, said: "It is always our aim to avoid any preventable cases of C.difficile and none of those reported over the last 12 months have been a result of cross-infection between patients.

"We are working hard with our GP colleagues in primary care to keep to an absolute minimum those infections that occur where the choice has to be made over the need to treat an illness with antibiotics and the patient's risk of contracting C.diff infection."

4:32pm 10th April 2014

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