NHS trusts are struggling to meet key hygiene standards, according to data submitted to the NHS watchdog.
One in four trusts have reported they are not complying with one of the three standards relating to the hygiene code, covering areas such as cleanliness.
But the Healthcare Commission said the evidence showed 40% of the 394 trusts in England were meeting all 24 core NHS standards - a rise from 34% last year.
The standards cover everything from clinical effectiveness to governance.
Trusts self-declare how they are doing against the core standards, which then help determine their overall NHS rating.
Although standards in general are rising, its just not happening quick enough, I think Labour need to make this a priority now with hospital superbugs getting more and more dangerous all the time. BBC News Report