Yesterday at the SNP Spring Conference in Glasgow, Nicola Sturgeon announced the introduction of 600 extra hospital cleaners for our hospitals. These cleaners will be employed directly by the NHS and the £5.4m will be distributed to heath boards immediately, allowing them to recruit the new workers as soon as possible.
This is marvellous news and something I've waited to hear for a couple of years. Our hospitals are not clean, in fact I can honestly say my local hospital was filthy a couple of years ago. Hospitals may look clean at first glance but should you be unfortunate enough to be admitted to one you will quickly realise they aren't clean enough.
How dare I say that? It's two years ago since I contracted clostridium difficile after a 24 hour hospital stay. I've survived but I can understand why older and less fit people die from the effect of this superbug. During the following weeks I spent more time in hospital where the cleaners, when they appeared, spent far more time pushing a dry mop around and machine polishing floors than they did doing real cleaning such as the toilet/shower facilities. Visitors were allowed in at all times of the day and I only saw two use the hand gel supplied.
The formal complaint procedure to my local health trust was a useless exercise as all it generated was pages of jargon minus an apology. So I became a one woman protest and at any opportunity I've moaned about dirty hospitals, lack of cleaners, lack of hand washing and the necessity to restrict visitors.
Now you know why I dare say that and why I welcome this news but let's not forget she also increased the investment for council house building by £25m. A welcome boost for the construction industry.