UK health researcher tells Canada: contracting-out hospital cleaning a big mistake
Health care associated infections are fourth leading cause of death in Canada.
HALIFAX, May 21, 2009 — "Nova Scotia has done well to keep in-house cleaners in its hospitals and health care facilities, and should not turn to contracting out to save money," says Steve Davies, a senior research fellow at Cardiff University in Wales and an expert on how cleaning helps control infections such as C. difficile, MRSA and VRE.
Davies will speak tonight at a town hall meeting at 7:30 pm at the Citadel Hotel, 1960 Brunswick Street in Halifax as he winds up a Canadian tour organized by the Canadian Union of Public Employees. Davies has observed that many of Canada's provincial governments are going down the wrong path by contracting out health care cleaning services.
"Contracting out cleaning is not the way to win the battle against health care associated infections," says Davies "Overcrowding, understaffing and contracting out puts patients and health care workers at unnecessary risk."...
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Hospital cutbacks, crowding increase health care associated infections, by CUPE, May 21 2009
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