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Number of modern matrons reaches 5,500

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The Department of Health has managed to double the number of modern matrons working in the NHS to over 5,000 meeting its May 2008 target.

The Government has announced that there are now 5,538 modern matrons in post, which honours a commitment made by ministers in September 2007 to double the number to more than 5,000 by May 2008.

Health secretary Alan Johnson said: ‘Additional matrons have been recruited and given greater powers because if cleanliness is not up to scratch we expect matron to order additional cleaning and ensure that the highest standards are met or ensure that the cleaning contract is changed.’

Mr Johnson warned that there was no ‘single golden bullet in the fight against infections’.

Eileen Sills, chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘We have had a particular success over the past 12 months in our infection control practice and performance and this has been led by the matrons and other senior clinical staff.

‘Our drive now is to focus on dignity and respect,’ she said. ‘We have a very talented group of matrons and I have no doubt that they will make a real difference.’

Read more in next week’s NT.

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  • Within the trust that I work there have been no new posts created for Modern Matrons. The Ward Managers have been allocated the title on a part time basis with for no extra pay. If other Trusts have used the same strategy it makes laughing stock of the goverments announcement.

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  • Modern matrons well i think the public thought they would be a visible body on the ward, that would be making a difference. Well our ward manager has to monitor the cleaning and the modern matrons walks through the ward once a day to say hello, but rest of time is hidden in the office, just a new title for the same job if you ask me.
    there used to be one manager doing what 4 off them do now!!!!
    But on the wards there is one nurse doing what 4 nurses used to do!!! Now tell me how that improves patient care.
    We need to see matrons on the ward in a uniform.

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