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Unison calls for hospital cleaning drive

15th April 2008

Trade union Unison has called on greater resources for hospital cleaners in order to tackle healthcare-associated infections.

Speaking to a health conference in Manchester earlier this week, Union delegates note that the government’s target of halving MRSA incidents by this month look not to have been met.

The group has consequently called for the employment of more cleaners who are provided with modern equipment and are better paid.

It also urged the government to recognise the link between the rise in infections and cuts in cleaning staff, while implementing clean hospital committees.

Martin Grant, a cleaner at the Royal London hospital said: “Without domestic workers, we wouldn’t have clean hospitals.”

“Nobody knows how hard we work.”

He added that people are unaware of the work cleaners do on low pay.

Unison has asked the government to provide better training for domestic staff, while adding that the means of improving staff levels to sufficient figures is to address the chronically low pay rates that exist and abolishing the lowest NHS pay point, band 1.

In February 2008, the Department of Health announced a cleanliness summit to deal with unresponsive cleaning services, while the government hoped to complete its 57 million pound deep clean programme by the end of March 2008.

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