Sunday, 1 February 2009

'More dangerous' strain of superbug found in Scottish hospitals

Superbugs are becoming even more 'super' in Scotland.

A "POTENTIALLY more dangerous" form of the C diff bug has been discovered in Scottish hospitals.

Health chiefs have revealed that the strain of Clostridium difficile, known as Type 078, has been reported more than a dozen times in the past two years. The news has sparked calls for more action to combat hospital-acquired infections.

Figures obtained by Labour MSP Jackie Baillie showed there has been 16 cases of Type 078 reported since 2007.

The Dumbarton MSP said evidence indicates it can cause a more serious illness than other strains of the bug.

Worry not, however, as Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon is on the case, because ...

"It is vital that everyone has confidence in their NHS and the standard of care they will receive in hospital."

Feeling confident, anyone?

Source: The Scotsman


DavidNcl said...

No. Not at all.

This is a disease caused by socialism not by anti-biotic misuse.

Mark Wadsworth said...



They need to take some inspiration from Dutch hospitals where "hospital acquired infections" are very low.

They have fierce safety standards including isolating all new patients whilst they test for superbugs