Killer hospital infection rates are 'too high' at three major hospitals in Wales, sparking urgent improvements.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), the country's biggest trust, was at the forefront of a deadly outbreak in 2013 that claimed 30 lives.
But its targets to slash C difficile rates were missed at its Wrexham Maelor, Bangor's Ysbyty Gwynedd and Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire hospitals this year.
The three hospitals also failed to achieve set targets on clamping down on MRSA, which is growing in strength as it evolves against last-ditch antibiotics.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, the country's biggest trust, was at the forefront of a deadly outbreak in 2013 that claimed 30 lives (stock)
A report blamed clutter in clinical areas at the hospitals, stating they need to do more to stop deadly bugs from thriving.
It read: 'The ward environments across a number of acute hospital sites... require extensive programmes of environmental modernisation.'
This would 'ensure clinical facilities are fit for purpose' to prevent infections from spreading, Daily Post reports.
'Rates of infection remain too high'
Gill Harris, executive director of nursing and midwifery at the health board, said 'improvements are needed'.
In her report, she said: 'Rates of infection in BCUHB remain too high and the health board is committed to protecting people from infections.
'Improvements are needed across a wide range of key clinical practice standards, including the care of invasive devices and