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Poor Hygiene in Ulster Hospital Kitchens

ed five trusts, that scored between 80 and 89% and 10 hospital and community trusts fell into band 3, scoring between 70 and 79%.

The trusts in band 4 with the lowest scores were Altnagelvin in Londonderry (64%) and South and East Belfast Health and Social Services Trust (56%).

Ulster's big two trusts, the Royal Group and Belfast City, were in the band 3 category.

According to the report while facilities are "not seriously dirty", minor failures in cleanliness, such as "dusty surfaces", general untidiness and clutter, stains on floors, and signs of spillage were seen.

Health Minister Paul Goggins said: "I know people are concerned about the cleanliness of hospital wards and I am determined to make improvements.

"The report makes it clear that more needs to be done to ensure high standards of cleanliness and I will be keeping a close eye on progress."

The minister said he has required the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority to give annual assessments of cleaning standards.


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