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Mid Staffordshire hospital provided poor hygiene, says inquiry

Published 1st April, 2010 by Neil Nixon

Mid Staffordshire hospital provided poor hygiene, says inquiry

The British Cleaning Council has reacted to the Government inquiry outlining the failings of hospital care in Mid Staffordshire. The inquiry found that the hospital had routinely cut-back on cleaning and provided a sub-standard level of service as it focused on hitting government targets in order to achieve foundation status.

The inquiry also criticised the poor hygiene standards on the wards as patients contracted C. difficile infection, and the insufficient and inadequate levels of care being provided to patients.

Steve Wright, chairman of the British Cleaning Council, said: "This report has uncovered a fundamental failure by the hospital to ensure patients received the standard of cleanliness and hygiene they need. While this was ultimately a local failure, it is vital that steps are taken to ensure that it is not allowed to happen again. Although the events were unacceptable, they do not reflect the efforts of the thousands of cleaners who work in the healthcare sector and serve with dedication and professionalism as they strive to reduce hospital acquired infections."

The Care Quality Commission, which led the enquiry, said Mid Staffordshire was now safe to provide hospital services, but confirmed that it intended to place conditions on its registrations to ensure standards were met.

Andrew Large, chief executive of the Cleaning and Support Services Association, said: "The conditions evidenced in this report are deeply distressing and totally unacceptable. There is no excuse for the willfully poor hygiene standards provided by this trust and NHS patients deserve better.”

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