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Hospital hand washing 'spreads disease'

29th December 2009

One of Britain’s leading bacteriologists Professor Hugh Pennington has suggested that washing your hands in hospitals can actually make you more likely to pick up infections because hospital taps were often crawling with dangerous germs.

The emeritus professor of bacteriology at Aberdeen University said money needed to be spent urgently to replace hand taps with automatic infra-red systems to stop staff, patients and visitors picking up viruses. He said it was “crazy” that such technology was available in slaughterhouses and airports but not in hospitals.


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