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Hospital hygiene measures must be brought up to high standard

30 June, 2009 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin MLA and deputy chair of the Health Committee has stated that the Health Minister has failed in ensuring that hospital hygiene standards are adequate and that previous measures to improve hygiene standards have been insufficient leaving patients exposed to infection.

Speaking today Ms O’Neill said:

“The report into a number of hospitals level cleanliness and hygiene by the Regulation and Quality Authority has highlighted that there is clearly room for improvement within our hospitals.

“With diseases such as MRSA and C Diff that can thrive due to poor sanitary conditions in wards and hospital clinics this is something that must be dealt with as a matter of urgency as it leaves patients exposed to infection.

“For the Health Minister, Micheal McGimpsey, to state that he will bring in further measures to ensure that cleanliness and infection control is a priority is unacceptable and exposes the fact that previous measures brought in by the Minister were not sufficient .

Any measures that were supposed to be in place in the first place should have been extremely stringent and it is blatantly obvious that hygiene in places of treatment and recovery would naturally be a major priority for any health care system.”

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