A leading hospital in Liverpool has been criticised for asking doctors and nurses to clean wards in preparation for visit from the Care Quality Commission.
It has been revealed that staff at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, including consultants and managers, were asked to volunteer to do some cleaning ahead of a visit from the Care Quality Commission.
The CQC criticised the hospital’s hygiene standards in April this year, and it is thought there was a concerted drive to impress inspectors.
However, unions said volunteers should not have been used for this purpose and Paul Summers, UNISON’s regional organiser, said some employees felt pressure to comply.
Dr Jaswinder Bamrah, of the British Medical Association, said: “Doctors and nurses have been asked to volunteer to clean the hospital and I just do not think it is right.
“They are over-using a highly skilled workforce to do what they are not trained to do.
“They need to look at the issue of who is paid to do the cleaning and sort it out.
“This step takes doctors and nurses away from patient care - the time spent cleaning would be better spent providing care for patients.
“This has been an ongoing problem for Alder Hey and it is very important to make sure the hospital is cleaned properly by those paid to do it - otherwise all sorts of problems can arise, like MRSA or C difficile spreading.”
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