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Pharmacists and care staff will be trained to spot sepsis

Jeremy Hunt (pictured) wants to massively boost the awareness of sepsis, which kills 37,000 in England a year

Jeremy Hunt (pictured) wants to massively boost the awareness of sepsis, which kills 37,000 in England a year

Pharmacists and care home staff will be trained to spot sepsis under updated guidelines from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

They will be taught to look for symptoms of rapid breathing, a fast heart rate, raised temperature or a rash.

The Health Secretary wants to massively boost the awareness of sepsis, which kills 37,000 in England a year.

He is also publishing guidelines on the internet for parents telling them how to recognise the warning signs in children.

Sepsis occurs when an infection sends the body’s immune system into overdrive. Without immediate treatment it leads to multiple organ failure and death.

The condition, which is particularly difficult to diagnose in children, claimed the life of one-year-old William Mead in 2014 and Sam Morrish, three, in 2010.

Sepsis occurs when an infection sends the body’s immune system into overdrive. Without immediate treatment it leads to multiple organ failure and death.

The condition, which is particularly difficult to diagnose in children, claimed the life of one-year-old William Mead in 2014 and Sam Morrish, three, in 2010.

In both cases GPs, hospital doctors and operators manning the NHS helpline were heavily criticised for failing to spot the warning signs. The Mail has called for an overhaul of the diagnosis and treatment of the deadly condition since January 2016 in its End The Sepsis Scandal campaign.

Mr Hunt said that although the NHS had made substantial advances in the past two years, there was still work to be done, adding: ‘We want the NHS to be the

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