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Hospital deep clean questioned

14th January 2008

Health service bosses and cleaning companies have called into question how successful the Department of Health's £50m deep cleaning campaign will be.


More than a third of cleaning duties in hospitals are carried out by external companies. The companies tasked with performing the deep clean have stated that funding for thorough daily cleaning would work better.

Andrew Large, the director general of the Cleaning and Support Services Association, which speaks on behalf hospital cleaning companies, criticised the health service's approach.

He said that in recent years hospitals had been cutting back on funding for cleaning and as a result, standards of cleanliness had suffered.

Mr Large gave an example which demonstrated the scale of the cutbacks. He said the firms were ordered to clean tiles every fortnight, rather than every week, and these small changes had a significant impact.

"In my view, it would be a better use of money - and I think our members would prefer it - if the day-to-day cleaning was funded properly," he added.

Christine Beasley, the government's chief nursing officer, said that the "highest standards" were expected, and both daily cleaning and deep cleans had to be carried out efficiently in order to succeed.

England's 1,500 hospitals must finish the deep clean by the end of March 2008.

Nigel Edwards, director of policy at the NHS Confederation, said: "We would like policy to be based on evidence and we have picked up a degree of scepticism from a number of our members about this."

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Malcolm Cole

Thursday 17th January 2008 @ 18:16

While lying in a hospital bed, there is plenty of time to watch the cleaners, good and bad. Please bring back the disciplinarian Matrons.

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