Carillion, one of the NHS contractors that has been awarded an NHS hospital cleaning contract, has paid £15,000 for a flagship stand at the Tory conference and is being praised by the party as being one of the leading companies in the UK.
However, the nurses at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust do not agree with this praise. It has been claimed that the contractor is inefficient in cleaning the NHS hospitals that it has been contracted to clean, and this has resulted in the nurses cleaning their own wards.
Healthwatch, a health watchdog, has stated that the £200 million cleaning contract awarded to Carillion should be withdrawn by the trust since the contractor has failed in managing and executing the contract seamlessly.
Representatives from Healthwatch have complained of seeing rats, overflowing bins and dirty plates in the hospitals. They state that this is evidence that Carillion does not give due importance to cleanliness.
The trust has already voiced concerns over the cleanliness of its hospitals, and has stated that it had put into place several interventions to help Carillion improve its standards of cleanliness.
The trust said that after inspecting the premises recently and getting complaints from staff and patients, it was clear that the contractor had been unable to make progress as anticipated. That is the reason that nursing teams from the hospitals were contributing to the cleaning, but this was preventing them from fulfilling their responsibilities.
Keep Our NHS Public Nottingham spokesperson Mike Scott stated that Carillion had contributed thousands of pounds to the Tory conference rather than improve cleanliness standards at the Nottingham facilities, and this was evidence that the contractor’s focus was on profits and not patients.
Unison Head Dave Prentis stated that the money that Carillion had contributed to the Tory Party could have been spent on employing more staff to keep Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust’s hospitals cleaner and avert health hazards.