Fewer deaths due to hospital bugs

The number of deaths from the hospital bugs MRSA and Clostridium difficile (C. diff) have fallen for a fourth successive year, figures suggest.

The number of patients in hospitals in England and Wales who died from MRSA fell by 25 per cent, from 485 in 2010 to 364 in 2011, according to new data. There were 2,053 deaths related to the C. diff infection, compared to 2,704 the year before.

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