Monday, 14 January 2008

Vote: Should the £50m put aside for "deep cleaning" of Hospitals be used to improve day to day cleaning instead?

Gordon Brown's plan to "deep clean" our Hospitals has come under attack from both NHS managers and cleaning companies. £50m has been set aside to deep clean 1,500 hospitals in England, and they have until the end of March to complete the programme.

Andrew Large, the director general of the Cleaning and Support Services Association said:

"What we have seen over the last few years is hospitals squeezing the cleaning budgets. "When they are up for renegotiation we are being offered less and being told to clean things less frequently. "For example, where we would perhaps have cleaned the tiles every week, it may be every two weeks from then on. "It sounds like only a little thing, but when it is applied to everything it makes a difference. If this had not happened I think infection rates would be lower. "So it now seems strange to us that we are being given contracts to carry out these deep cleans. "You have to wonder, if the cleaning budgets had not been cut would this be necessary? There is disruption to patients as wards have to be emptied. "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."
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. "We would not want to see relatively new hospitals being deep cleaned; it would be a waste of money."
Q. Should the £50m put aside for "deep cleaning" of Hospitals be used to improve day to day cleaning instead?

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(The results are archived by the British Library)


William Gruff said...

I don't think this is a clear cut choice. Hospitals in England are filthy and the only way to prevent this is to pay for continuous thorough cleaning but some hospitals are now so filthy that only something like a 'deep clean' (whatever that may mean) can bring them up to a standard from which regular cleaning can be started.

I don't feel that anything less than old fashioned scrubbing is sufficient to get anything clean. Simply pointing jets of spray at dirt and stains and wiping off the residue won't do. This is not just a funding problem; those who do the work must do it properly, and they rarely do. There are other issues involved, including calibre of management and staff.

Anonymous said...

Not exactly on topic but I
am informed that the coming official name for the library is to be changed to England Library.

Now that "Brown British" campaign is finished for being scottish counterproductive.

The next tack is to promote the word England whereever possible thus England Library etc etc .