Ontario Hospitals In Need of More Cleaning Time and Staff

A disturbing trend regarding hospital cleanliness was revealed in Brockville yesterday (January 5th).

The Canadian Union of Public Employees completed a survey of 421 hospital housekeeping staff from over 60 hospitals right across Ontario.

The survey revealed a pattern of speed up, working short, high levels of stress and injury at work.  

78% of those surveyed report  that more duties have been added to their work. 

 While 76% report working at a faster rate. 

Over 50% believe the situation is unsafe.

As well, 40% of hospital locals report that hospital environmental service hours have been cut, in the last year alone.

The Public Health Agency of Canada reports that more than 200,000 patients get infections every year while receiving healthcare in Canada and that more than 8,000 of these patients die as a result.

Nearly 40% of respondents did not judge their hospital to be sufficiently clean for infection prevention and control purposes.