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.’
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