Friday, September 20, 2013

HIQA hand hygiene audit reflects negatively on practitioners who know better

Fine Gael Meath East Deputy and Member of the Oireachtas Health Committee, Regina Doherty has today (Thursday) responded to the HIQA hand hygiene audit, which raised concerns about the hand hygiene standards at five hospitals, by saying that the results reflect negatively on the medical practitioners at those hospitals who are responsible for the poor standards.

“The results of this audit are a serious cause for concern and outline the negative behaviour being carried out by some at the hospitals named, which, put plain and simply, is endangering patients. Consideration must also be given to how much worse this behaviour is, when we reflect on the fact that those responsible, the medical practitioners and staff, know what they are dealing with and the damage they could be causing by not taking proper hygiene precautions.

“That these people know the potential for damage that their actions may cause and continue to do it borders on negligence. I hope that the Medical Council and An Bord Altranais will take a serious view of these findings and take the appropriate steps to address outstanding issues.”

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