Poor hygiene intrinsically linked with overcrowding and staff shortages – Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has raised concern at the publication of a Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) report published today that suggests that unclean hospital equipment and poor hand hygiene practice among some healthcare staff continues to place patients in many Irish public acute hospitals at unnecessary risk.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said;
“I note that while most of the acute hospitals continue to improve, and this is to be commended and welcomed, high-risk letters were sent to seven of the 49 hospitals following inspection.
“Five of these hospitals were followed up with unannounced re-inspections within six weeks of the first inspection. The main risks that were highlighted related to; environment and facilities Management; hand hygiene; communicable and or transmissible disease control and unclean patient equipment.”
“Citizens and the families of citizens who need to attend hospital must be reassured of a clean and safe hospital environment. We cannot have a situation where trust in one of the most basic requirements of our acute hospital network is lost. That said, there can be no doubt that poor hygiene is intrinsically linked with overcrowding and staff shortages. It must be remembered that the HSE has lost almost 10,000 staff since the start of the present Government’s term in office.”