Deaths from hospital superbugs have soared to record levels.
Latest figures show Clostridium difficile and MRSA between them were involved in 5,436 deaths in a single year.
Experts fear the statistics are just the tip of an iceberg and say many infections go unrecorded.
The toll has intensified concerns about poor hygiene in hospitals, aggravated by Health Service spending cuts, as well as fears over ward overcrowding and lack of isolation facilities.
Death toll from ‘superbugs’ is soaring