Hospital superbugs are to be the target of new health campaign after the UK government revealed more than 5,500 people were killed by E.coli in 2015.
The infection is often resistant to antibiotics while C. difficle and MRSA rates have dropped.
There will be renewed emphasis on measures such as washing hands, while infection rates will be published by every NHS hospital and they will be subjected to harsher inspection regimes.
Inspectors will also be checking that antibiotics are being correctly prescribed as some hospitals are said to have five times the number of patients contracting the infection than others.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he hoped the measures would “achieve a dramatic reduction in hospital infections reducing enormous human pain and suffering in the process.”