Letter of the week: Don't blame GPs for MRSA failures
So, the MRSA spotlight is to focus on GPs (News, 17 October). Oh good, now that is our fault too.
When is someone going to try to eradicate MRSA scientifically? We, mere GPs, know that 20% of the population carry S. aureus in their noses. As MRSA becomes more widespread, some of these people will be carrying MRSA.
There is a lot that can be done to eliminate MRSA, starting with cleaning in hospital wards. Perhaps we should return to the ward maid who took pride in and responsibility for cleaning the same ward all the time.
Next it might be a good idea to swab everyone who goes on to the wards in hospital and eliminate MRSA from their noses. Many patients are swabbed prior to admission for routine surgery and this is to be applauded. But it is normally only the patient.
I was once able to get a relative with an open wound swabbed. When she was found to be carrying MRSA, we were able to eliminate it from her mother. Yet we were not allowed to swab the father.
My practice nurses regularly have nasal swabs to make sure they don't carry MRSA and so far these have all been clear. In the community there is relatively little MRSA – it is in the hospitals that we have the major problem.
Perhaps energy should be put towards solving the problem there rather than giving GPs another job, with blame to boot.
Dr Diana Lowry, Epping, EssexHand washing