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Scotland bans privatized hospital services

Privatized support services connected to rise in superbugs.

Scottish Health Secretary Nicola SturgeonOctober 21, 2008 — The Scottish government has ordered health boards across the country to stop contracting out of cleaning, catering and other services.

The Scottish health minister made the announcement as part of a speech that puts in-house hospital cleaning at the heart of the war on superbugs.

Speaking at her party's national conference, Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said "from now on there will be no further privatization of hospital cleaning and catering services anywhere in Scotland."

The dramatic move means that by 2011, only a handful of hospitals — those with long-term P3 contracts — will have privatized cleaners. As contracts expire, the services will be nationalized.

As early as 2002 Sturgeon, then in opposition, was criticizing privatization of health support services and connecting the policy with a rise in superbugs, saying "[h]ygiene standards have suffered because of Labour's obsession with putting profits before people and privatising public services.". . .

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