The lawyer who represents the families of the 18 victims of the Vale of Leven outbreak of C-Diff has slammed Scotland’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ hospitals for failing to meet cleanliness standards designed to prevent another outbreak of the killer bug.
Patrick McGuire of Thompsons Solicitors was speaking after Susan Brimelow the chief inspector of Scotland’s Healthcare Environment Inspectorate revealed that a dozen of the country’s top hospitals failed inspection visits.
In an interview with the Scotsman ahead of the publication of her first annual report Ms Brimelow also announced that the HEI would now make 90% of hospital visits unannounced, compared with just over 15% at present.
Mr McGuire said: “It really is appalling that twelve major hospital failed to meet acceptable standards of cleanliness and infection control, even when the majority of them knew in advance the inspectors were calling.
“Why on earth was the HEI announcing their visits in the first place? Goodness only knows what the inspectors would have found if they had arrived unannounced.”
The HEI found 12 hospitals where staff precautions to prevent the spread of infections such as MRSA and Clostridium Difficile were described as ‘poor’.
Failings included not washing hands between patients, not wearing appropriate protective equipment and not disposing of waste appropriately.
In 11 hospitals there were no up-to-date infection policies on wards, and all 12 had infection control teams that did not communicate effectively with staff and senior managers.
The ‘Dirty Dozen’ hospitals named in the report were:
- Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
- Monklands Hospital
- Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline
- Ayr Hospital
- Borders General Hospital
- Western General, Edinburgh
- Hairmyres, East Kilbride
- Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy
- Crosshouse, Kilmarnock
- Arran War Memorial Hospital
- St John's, Livingston
- Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital
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