Twenty hospitals have worse infection rates than Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells Hospital Trust

October 15, 2007 12:27 PM

Remember Alan Johnson telling us that the Maidstone & Tunbridge wells scandal was an "isolated incident".  We thought this was unlikely at the time:

"Mr Johnson told BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning that the Kent outbreak was an isolated incident."

He
is either fudging the issue or outright lying.  While the scale of the
outbreak in Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells is exceptional the scandal
of hospital infections is not confined to that NHS Trust."

Now it turns out that the hospital isn't even exceptional.  It is twenty-first on a list of the hospitals with the worst infection rates.  Kettering General Hospital has nearly twice the infection rate.  Hospital infections are a national scandal not an isolated tragedy.

Remember Alan Johnson telling us that the Maidstone & Tunbridge wells scandal was an "isolated incident".  We thought this was unlikely at the time:

"Mr Johnson told BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning that the Kent outbreak was an isolated incident."

He
is either fudging the issue or outright lying.  While the scale of the
outbreak in Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells is exceptional the scandal
of hospital infections is not confined to that NHS Trust."

Now it turns out that the hospital isn't even exceptional.  It is twenty-first on a list of the hospitals with the worst infection rates.  Kettering General Hospital has nearly twice the infection rate.  Hospital infections are a national scandal not an isolated tragedy.

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