Among the Daily Letters to the Telegraph today, under a sub-heading of "Our dirty hospitals breed disease", is this letter:
"Sir - I am a patient in a ward of a large East Midlands hospital. My bedding has not been changed for six days and the hand disinfectant provided at the bottom of the bed is almost never used.
The daily cleaning of the ward consists of a cursory dry mop, followed by an even more cursory wipe over with a wet mop loaded with dirty water.
Visiting one of the hospital departments, I found so much litter in the corridors that I picked up some and put it in a bin to avoid embarrassing visitors. There is one shower for more than 30 patients, and cutlery and glass-wear seems poorly washed.
By my bed is a cotton-wool swab that has been there since I arrived. I am leaving it to see how long it is before a "cleaner" removes it. I expect the swab to be my longest hospital acquaintance when I leave.
Exotic diseases must be expected in such disgraceful conditions."
The writer of the letter correctly realises that disgraceful conditions like this should be given the oxygen of publicity. - 'Complaining' to the hospital staff directly would be likely to have no effect other than to become thought of as a trouble-maker.
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