Only a third of NHS trusts are fully complying with patient safety alerts, campaigners has claimed.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley has ordered a full public inquiry into the unnecessary deaths of up to 1,200 people at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
A widespread failure across the NHS to comply with patient safety standards has been described as "shocking" by the Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA) charity.
EU officials are due to address penicillin's nearing obsolescence, which a report published today has warned poses a "potential health crisis".
Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has said if the airline industry had the track record of the NHS on hospital infection it would have been "grounded years ago".
The battle against MRSA is showing signs of success, with cases down by a third compared to last year.
The government's focus on MRSA is contributing to rising numbers of other healthcare-associated infections, it has been claimed.
Patients are unable to make a meaningful choice about which hospital they prefer without full information about infection rates, a health expert has said.
NHS trusts are working harder to improve their infection control standards after a sustained focus from the government, a survey has suggested.
NHS hospitals are likely to miss targets to complete deep cleaning operations by the end of March.
A sharp rise in the number of deaths from the Clostridium difficile (C. diff) superbug has prompted an angry reaction from opposition parties.
New statistics out today show strong progress against hospital superbugs, but opposition parties are challenging the figures.
Opposition MPs have accused the government of prioritising spin over science, as its hospital deep cleaning policy comes under renewed attack.
David Cameron has defended Conservative proposals to financially penalise hospitals where patients catch 'superbugs'.
The health secretary has ordered all hospitals to complete anti-superbug 'deep cleans' by March 2008.
The health secretary has welcomed the latest figures on 'superbug' infections, describing them as "encouraging".
The Department of Health's (DoH) attempts to combat hospital 'super bugs' have achieved mixed results.
The new health secretary Alan Johnson has admitted the government failed to carry NHS professionals on past reforms.
The government has today hit back at the Conservatives' new health reform plans, saying their pledge to scrap NHS targets would result in an increase in MRSA.
Health minister Andy Burnham has insisted the government can still meet its target to cut rates of hospital superbug MRSA, after a leaked memo shows the NHS is set to miss it.
More than 200 hospital trusts have been branded "weak" in the way they manage their resources under tough new performance ratings by the Healthcare Commission.
Diagnostic tests and scans must be improved if NHS trusts are to meet next year's target of ensuring all patients are treated within 18 weeks of referral, a new report warns.
The health watchdog has today condemned "serious failings" in the management of an NHS trust, which led to the death of 33 people from a hospital-acquired infection.