This continued downward trend follows last quarter's achievement by the NHS of halving MRSA bloodstream infections across England.
Health Minister Ann Keen said:
"After achieving the target to halve MRSA bloodstream infections across England, I am delighted that the NHS has continued to raise its game by reducing infections even further.
"Our strategy for tackling infection, including extra investment, tighter regulation and tough actions such as increasing the number of matrons to more than 5,000 and the bare below the elbows dress code to support hand hygiene are clearly having an impact.
"But we will not stop there - one avoidable infection is one too many and we must go further. That is why we have set a target for the NHS to sustain this reduction in MRSA infections and deliver a 30% reduction in C. difficile in the next three years. We will also screen all relevant elective admissions for MRSA from April and are developing a national minimum standard for MRSA infection that all Trusts must meet."