NHS likely to miss target to deep clean English hospitals

The NHS is likely to narrowly miss its target to deep clean all the hospitals in England by the end of March.

Ministers expect 93% of trusts to have completed the process by the end of Monday. The rest have all started the cleans and will finish soon, they say. But the Tories said it was a shambles as not all the money promised to cover the costs of cleaning had materialised.

A total of £60m has been spent on cleaning but the Tories say just £15.6m has gone to hospitals to pay for it. The Tories obtained the data on the cleaning of all 1,500 acute, district general and community hospitals in the country under the Freedom of Information Act.

Hospital deep clean target missed (BBC News, 29 March 2008)