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Hand hygiene failures "amounts to criminal neglect" - Ó Caoláin

19 September, 2013 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Commenting on HIQA’s publication today of five inspection reports on St James's, the Eye and Ear and St Columcille's Hospitals in Dublin and Kerry General Hospital and Letterkenny General Hospital, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin T.D., said;

“These reports provide further evidence of poor hygiene practices right across our hospital sector and reflect a culture that indisputably puts patient safety at risk. The report on St. James's Hospital indicates that poor hand hygiene practices presented a serious risk to the health and welfare of patients at that hospital. The emergency department was found to be cluttered making continuous and adequate cleaning difficult. Some damage and disrepair of furnishings, flooring and paintwork along with overflowing bins were also observed.

“As a society, we need to make it abundantly clear to all concerned, and generally, that failure to adhere to the highest standards of hand hygiene amounts to criminal neglect.  We need to demand 100% compliance. Lives are at stake and nothing less will suffice. I hope HIQA take the same view and will persist in their efforts to highlight these failures.”

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