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Hospitals given 10-month ultimatum after hygiene lapses

PUBLISHED: 11:00 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:17 12 August 2010

TWO hospitals and a primary care trust have admitted failing to meet hygiene and safety standards in the last year. Bromley Primary Care Trust (PCT), and Bromley Hospitals and Queen Mary s Sidcup NHS Trusts admitted failing to comply with some of the Hea

TWO hospitals and a primary care trust have admitted failing to meet hygiene and safety standards in the last year.

Bromley Primary Care Trust (PCT), and Bromley Hospitals and Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trusts admitted failing to comply with some of the Healthcare Commission's 44 core standards.

The trusts have 10 months to comply fully with the watchdog's demands or face being set an action plan or formal investigation. Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust fell short of three requirements, including sterilising instruments and maintaining cleanliness, and could not prove it had met another two.

The trust received an improvement notice from the watchdog in January after inspectors found blood on beds and walls during an unannounced visit. A trust spokesperson said the improvement notice helped raise awareness of infection control. She added: "The hospital acted swiftly to tackle the areas identified by the Healthcare Commission and we now have a clean bill of health."

Queen Mary's Sidcup fell short on three standards, including decontamination of instruments and ensuring that staff abide by codes of professional practice.

Bromley PCT fell short of one requirement due to concerns over the cleanliness and maintenance of accommodation for people with learning difficulties. More than half of the country's 169 acute trusts failed to fulfil every requirement, but almost all managed nine out of 10. Just 23 per cent of PCTs achieved all the watchdog's standards, a figure which has steadily fallen from a third in 2005.

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