Pest Problems at Leeds Hospitals

6 Aug 2013

Leeds Hospitals Should Spend More Money On Front Line Staff As FOI Reply Reveals Pest Control Problems Over Past Few Years Says GMB

There are too many people at the top end earning mega money and too few essential workers like house keepers, porters and cleaners says GMB.  GMB, the union for staff in the NHS, commented on a Freedom of Information (FOI) reply on cockroaches, flies and rats in Leeds hospitals.

Bill Chard, GMB Membership Development Officer said: “Continual re-organisation, higher than UK average levels of stress, mixed with ongoing financial pressures all add up to a lethal mix.  The 2012 NHS staff survey showed that Leeds Teaching Hospitals staff suffered way above average stress levels with a whopping 46% of those surveyed stating they had suffered work related stress.

Leeds staff said: “They would not recommend to their relatives that they be treated in Leeds’ hospitals.”  So these shocking statistics simply bear up the staffs’ fears.

This catalogue of vermin, rats, cockroaches, fleas, etc, are an indictment of a failing system.  There are too many people at the top end earning mega money and too few essential workers like house keepers, porters and cleaners.

The NHS must focus on patient care. It is not a business, it simply doesn’t need all these layers of management and expensive consultants.”