Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Filthy Hospitals A National Disgrace

Filthy conditions of NHS hospitals in England are under attack again, this time by an invasions of rats, fleas, bedbugs, flies and cockroaches. The sorry state of hospital cleanliness is just the latest disgrace that exposes the unhealthy National Health Service.

Figures released by the Conservatives, show that vermin was found in wards, clinics and even operating theatres. 

Rats in a maternity unit, wasps in operating theatres, a children's A&E infested with flies and wards crawling with mice, silverfish, biting insects and beetles.

If the superbugs and hospital food don't make you ill - the vermin will. 

The much-vaunted government plans to 'Deep Clean' hospitals was a total waste of money. Even cleverly changing the reporting methods, couldn't hide the rise of the superbug menace. 

It's all down to cleanliness. And cash. 

The government has created a hospital culture which is more concerned with balancing the books, chasing targets and trying to pay off the crippling PFI debt, than getting on top of the cleaning. 

Contracting out services to the highest bidder just results in a shoddy service. 

Appalling hospital food is another area that suffers but has been brushed under the carpet of government complacency and hype. 

Cleanliness is low down on the list of priorities. Patient health suffers. 

Commenting on this latest hygiene scandal, a Patients Association spokesman said: "How can patients be safe amid bedbugs, fleas and rats? These findings reveal what happens when money is taken away from where patients expect to see it spent."

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