Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, who has been campaigning to draw attention to the national problem of hospital acquired infection met the new Infection Control Chief at Lister Hospital.

    Following the meeting, Peter Lilley said: “I am pleased that Lister Hospital has appointed a new Infection Control Chief, Dr Lorane Fitch, who is taking this issue very seriously. She explained to me the measures the Trust is taking to change the culture within both hospitals – QEII and Lister. The key is to make hand washing second nature for consultants, doctors and nurses between every contact with patients and to ensure proper use of antibiotics.

    “Across Britain as a whole, nearly one in ten patients entering NHS hospitals acquires an infection. As many as 5,000 a year die from the superbug, MRSA, which is resistant to antibiotics. The level of infection is far higher in the UK and has been getting worse faster than in the rest of Europe.

    Success in tackling this problem would not only save lives but reduce costs and release expensive beds for intensive care. Unfortunately the East and North Herts Trust has in the past had a higher than average incidence of MRSA so it is good news that the Trust is giving this issue a high priority.”