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Hume: Ministers must stick to their word on hospital hygiene

May 7, 2013 4:29 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting after Topical Questions, where Scottish Liberal DemocratJim HumeJim Hume health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP asked the Public Health Minister Michael Matheson how many reprimands for poor hygiene practices have taken place in the past five years due to the "zero-tolerance" approach, and what sanctions currently exist for non-compliance, Mr Hume said:

"Whilst it is important that health professionals and management at the heart of this C Difficile outbreak maintain a cool and responsible approach, it cannot be stressed enough how crucial it is for excellent standards of hygiene to be adopted at all times in our hospitals.

"The Scottish Government's zero-tolerance approach to poor hygiene must be firmly put into practice across our health boards. I will be writing to the Public Health Minister to seek detailed answers on whether reprimands are being used and what sanctions currently exist for non-compliance.

"We need guarantees that the Scottish Government is sticking to its word on the standards of hygiene in our hospitals."