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Are Government penalties for hospitals hindering, rather than helping, the control of C. difficile?

Posted by Anne Postulka, M.D., Cepheid Europe

In recent years, C. difficile has increasingly become perceived as a major threat to patient care.  This is due in part to a sharp rise in reported cases of the infection in UK hospitals.  As we know, in response to this the Government has set infection rate reduction targets for hospital trusts, along with financial penalties for those that even marginally exceed these targets.

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