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CSSA responds to survey on hospital cleaning
Responding to the results of the survey published by the Nursing Times, in which significant numbers of nurses reported that they had undertaken cleaning duties in the preceding months, Andrew Large - Chief Executive of the Cleaning & Support Services Association, said:
"This survey gives some cause for concern. If 20% of nurses are saying that their NHS trust is cutting back on cleaning then the risk of resurgence in infectious disease is clear. The UK has made great strides in the reduction of MRSA and C Difficile since 2002 and it would be a tragedy if Government cuts were to lead to a return to the bad old days.
"The CSSA calls for the NHS to follow the research evidence on hospital cleaning, which suggests that a dedicated cleaner on each ward is both an efficient and effective means of minimising the spread of infection."
According to the Health Protection Agency, MRSA reports declined from 6,041 in 2002 to 1,111 in 2011. See source below:
The research on the effectiveness of ward based hospital cleaners can be found here: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
The Cleaning and Support Services Association is the UK trade association for the contract cleaning sector. Founded in 1967, it represents businesses that account for 70% of the turnover in the UK contract cleaning sector and employ approximately 275,000 staff.
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6th September 2012