- All hospitals in England should have completed their deep cleans by the end of March, according to the deadline set by health secretary Alan Johnson. He also revealed strategic health authority plans to fund the initiative. There are however, large regional discrepancies – the West Midlands allocated the highest amount of £9.9m and North East the lowest of £3m.
- Two-thirds of nurses working with homeless people have had no specific training, a Queen’s Nursing Institute survey suggests. Of 100 nurses who replied to its survey, 40% felt isolated in their roles and 74% worked alone. The results were announced as the QNI launched its Homeless Health Initiative, which will train nurses to cope with the demands of dealing with homeless people.
- Six new cases of Clostridium difficile have been isolated at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in Kent, where the bug was linked with 90 deaths over a two-year period. A trust spokesperson said five patients have been treated in a side room and one has returned home.
- Almost half of NHS trusts deliver good standards of food to patients, according to the National Patient Safety Agency. However, its patient environment action team data for 2007 shows marginal improvement in ward cleanliness, with just over 14% of trusts rated as ‘excellent’.
- Nurses have until 30 November to take part in NT’s Top 100 annual workplace survey. Nurses can rate trusts on criteria ranging from staff benefits and family friendliness to morale and training opportunities. Enter online at www.nursingtimes.net.