MRSA seemed to be the thing on all the nurses' minds these few days I had in hospital. All of the ones I saw mentioned it in some context or other - usually new rules that had come in at other hospitals. At Bishopswood, where I stayed - the private bit of Mount Vernon - there is disinfectant gel everywhere, and the nurses all put on thin rubber gloves before each procedure as well. But nobody - neither doctors nor nurses - scrubs hands for longer than thirty seconds or so, and I'm sure I've read that it actually takes a good couple of minutes to clean the hands enough to remove the chance of infection.
In one of the papers last week there was a piece saying that when patients ask nurses and doctors to wash their hands before touching them, it results in generally raised standards in that hospital. But, four years into this illness, and it'll take me another four years (I think) to open my mouth and say, "uh, can you wash your hands for the full two minutes please?"