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Cleanliness in Scottish hospitals has improved

6th February 2013

A report published yesterday by the Chief Inspector of the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate has shown that cleanliness standards in Scotland's hospitals are getting better.

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The report revealed the amount of recommendations and requirements made to health boards after inspections were carried out showed a significant reduction in 2012. 

Health Secretary Alex Neil commented: "I am determined to achieve improved performance right across the NHS in Scotland on healthcare associated infections, and to ensure that patients and the public can have complete confidence in the cleanliness of hospitals and the quality and safety of services."

He said he thought it was encouraging to see there were improving standards of cleanliness in hospitals but said there was room for further improvement.

"All NHS Boards have been left in no doubt that they must act now to tackle any issues raised in these inspection reports as a matter of urgency. This report reassures me that the inspections are helping to improve the hospital care environment for people across Scotland," he added.

The report showed the HEI issued 110 requirements and 81 recommendations in 2011-2012, in comparison to 172 requirements and 180 recommendations in their initial report in 2009-2010.

The data showed that MRSA cases dropped by 35% in 2011-12 and the number of C. diff cases in patients aged 65 and above fell by 37%.

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