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Scotland axes outsourced hospital cleaning

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NURSES in Scotland will not be expected to taken on extra cleaning under a directive to bring domestic services back in-house.

Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon announced the move to end outsourcing of catering, cleaning and porter services across all NHS clinical premises at a Scottish National Party conference at the weekend.

It means that health boards will have to carry out all of the work themselves once existing contracts expire, with the exception of handful or organisation run under Public Finance Initiatives.

Samantha Fiander, Scottish government spokesperson, said: ‘The health secretary believes that it is better that everyone in the system belongs to the NHS family.

‘This is not about giving nurses more work to do, it is about the health boards managing the service that they already have.’

The Department of Health said there were no plans to do the same in England.

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