Sheehan concerned at RQIA ambulance hygiene report
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Health Pat Sheehan has expressed concern at the RQIA's finding that 50% of ambulance stations had issues with unsatisfactory hygiene.
Pat Sheehan said:
"An ambulance is a clinical environment so it is important the highest standard of hygiene and cleanliness is maintained.
"The fact that half of ambulances inspected by the RQIA weren't of a satisfactory hygiene standard is therefore deeply concerning.”
Pat Sheehan also endorsed the RQIA recommendation that a senior clinician be put in place to drive internal infection prevention in the Ambulance Service. The Sinn Féin health spokesperson said:
"Ambulance Service staff provide a high standard of emergency care to the community on a daily basis, often in very challenging situations and despite considerable workforce pressures.
"Staff must be supported by Ambulance Service management to improve hygiene and cleanliness.
"The addition of a senior clinician to assist the Ambulance Service to achieve this would be a positive step forward.”