06/01/2011

NHS contract cleaning isn't the problem

I got in to discussion on the NHS this morning. The usual argument that hospitals were spotlessly clean until jobs were contracted out was trotted out to knowing nods.

Unfortunately they didn't have an answer when I pointed out that the private hospital I had an operation in  a couple of years ago was spotlessly clean and they used contract cleaners.

The problem isn't the cleaning company, they are doing what comes naturally, the problem is the original tendering process and allocation of contracts. If you don't set the quality threshold correctly and then chose the cheapest that meets the bidding requirements then of course you get problems. But then as Wat Tyler keeps pointing out, what do you expect from the Simple Shopper?



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