Government toughens its stance on NHS hygiene standards

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 25 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:846
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Medical staff who ignore guidelines on hand hygiene are “not welcome” in hospitals, said England's chief medical officer, Liam Donaldson, last week, signalling a more aggressive phase in the government's campaign to improve hygiene standards in the NHS.

    “Failure to comply is now unacceptable practice,” said Professor Donaldson. “Those who do not comply are not welcome in these august institutions.”

    Speaking at Bart's Hospital, London, at the launch of the third year of the National Patient Safety Agency's “Clean your hands” campaign, he said the time had come for “tougher talking, firm professional leadership, …

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