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HVAC firms welcome superbug funding

The Department of Health has announced £50 million extra funding to tackle healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) such as MRSA and C.difficile. The move has been welcomed by hvac firms, which provide technology that helps to minimise the spread of infection. Phil Marris, managing director of Jaga Heating Products (UK) said: “It’s always positive to hear of funding being put in place for investment, especially to help to solve the serious problems associated with the spread of HCAIs. “Low surface temperature radiators and casings with anti-microbial coatings have been shown to prohibit the reproductive mechanisms of bugs such as MRSA and C.difficile.” Bug-busting infection Improvement Teams will double in size so that any Trust that is not on course to meet the 2008 MRSA target or has a significant number of patients with C.difficile, will have access to a team of experts to help them reduce infection. Strategic Health Authority Directors of Nursing will each receive £5 million. Health Secretary, Alan Johnson (pictured), said: “Tackling MRSA and other healthcare associated infections is one of my immediate priorities.” Details of how the £50 million will be allocated will be issued later.