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Crackdown on cleanliness in NHS ordered

26th September 2007

The Department of Health has ordered a crackdown to improve the cleanliness of hospitals and tackle infections.

The health secretary Alan Johnson confirmed that a new hospital regulator would be setup that would monitor hygiene standards and impose fines and close down wards in hospitals that do not meet hygiene requirements.

Hospitals themselves will carry out an intensive cleaning process that will add to the work of trusts who undertake cleaning programmes on a ward-by-ward basis.

Mr Johnson acknowledged the problems associated with infections and stated the need to adopt new techniques to build on the progress of tackling Hospital Acquired Infections.

“This deep-clean programme will give hospitals a one-off blitz so walls, patient equipment and ventilation ducts are disinfected and scrubbed clean, a ward at a time.”

As well as the introduction of a regulator, other measures have been drafted including extra funding and new guidance on clothing.

Mr Johnson’s announcement follows the declaration made by Gordon Brown at the Labour Party conference that he wanted to ‘personalise’ the NHS to allow more convenience and flexibility to patients.

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