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NHS hygiene standards struggle


27 June, 2007  

NHS trusts in England are struggling to meet key hygiene standards, according to data submitted to the NHS watchdog.

A spokesperson for Patient Concern said, “This is terrible. It is bad news for patients and shows that trusts are not getting the basics right.”

The Healthcare Commission said 40% of trusts were meeting all core standards. In total there are 24 core NHS standards, covering everything from clinical effectiveness to governance.

England’s 394 trusts self-declare how they are doing against the core standards, which then help determine their overall NHS rating.