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Call for more NHS cleaners

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There is an urgent need for a recruitment drive for NHS cleaners, according to unions.
Unison has called for better day-to-day cleaning routines in hospitals to follow on from the ‘deep clean’ initiative currently going on in hospitals across the country.

To achieve this, the government should give sustained funding for recruiting hospital cleaners and introduce hospital cleanliness targets, the union added.

It has called for a meeting with ministers, its own representatives and hospital cleaners to give the government insight into the experiences of front-line hospital cleaners.

Karen Jennings, Unison head of health, said: ‘The government has looked at the dangers of hospital acquired infection from all angles except for employing more cleaners.

‘A recruitment drive with government targets would speed up the urgently-needed return of cleaners to our hospitals, so that patients and the public see for themselves cleaners, safer wards.’
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