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Hospital staff to take lunch leftovers home


7 June, 2007  

Cuts in hospital rubbish collections mean staff at a UK hospital are being told to take their lunch leftovers home after work.

Ispwich Hosptial in Suffolk is £16m in debt and has downsized department office cleaning from once a day to once a week in order to focus on reducing hospital ward infections.

The hospital is also planning to cut patient visiting times in the hope of reducing infections such as MRSA, C difficile and norovirus.

Members of Ipswich Hospital staff say they are outraged at the changes.

But hospital spokeswoman, Jan Roswell, told UK newspaper The Telegraph: “It is very important that the whole hospital is cleaned but if you are faced with cleaning the wards or the offices you have to make the appropriate choice.

“We have consistently said that we need to do more to tackle infection and that’s what we’re doing. Obviously it would be magnificent if we could do both.”