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More support for infection control teams, watchdog says

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Infection control nurses in Wales are being forced to carry out non-specialist tasks because of a lack of administrative support, a report has warned.

Following unannounced visits at nine healthcare organisations, the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales said in its report ‘there was a general lack of administrative support for NHS infection control teams that resulted in an inappropriate use of specialist staff to undertake non-specialist activities’.

It also called for a countrywide review of all infection control teams because of concerns that many were too small.

The document, published today, was released at the same time as a report by the Wales Audit Office warned that infection control was still not always seen as the personal responsibility of all NHS staff.

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