Shadow health minister backs infection control lighting technology

Shadow health minister Andy Burnham today showed his support for new lighting technology developed in Atherton that helps NHS Trusts prevent deadly superbugs

The Labour MP for Leigh met with employees at LED lighting manufacturer MHA Lighting to learn about how how lighting is helping in the fight against hospital acquired infections.

MHA’s patented LED technology has been designed as a fully sealed unit to stop dust, bacteria and dead insects from gathering around warm light fittings and spreading superbugs.

Using 20 per cent of the energy required for traditional fluorescents, the LEDs are able to also slash energy bills for the hospital by 80 per cent. Thanks to the longer life (seven years) routine maintenance and bulb replacement is also cut, which again stops harmful bacteria from being distributed into wards and theatres.

Burnham said: ‘Energy efficient lighting helps save the NHS money and reduces a Trust’s carbon footprint. Most importantly the money saved can be directly ploughed back into frontline patient services.

‘Trusts are always seeking ways to free up money for clinical care and the battle against superbugs is continuous. MHA Lighting seems to be in possession of a product that can help the NHS on both these fronts.

‘I am extremely proud that MHA Lighting has designed, developed and manufactured this unique LED technology in Atherton and its healthcare application poses a massive opportunity for the company.’

MHA chief, Tom Harrison, said: ‘We are delighted to know we have Mr Burnham’s support for our LED technology and plans for our business growth.

‘MHA Lighting is already an incredible local success story but it has been far from easy.’

The company has achieved 500 per cent growth in 2011 and had recruited 36 employees from the local area in the last two years.

MHA has also appointed its first apprentice, with a further three to be recruited over the next three months.

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