Airdrie and Shotts MSP Alex Neil has called on NHS Lanarkshire to urgently carry out a deep clean throughout Monklands Hospital in the wake of the norovirus outbreak which has swept through the hospital in recent days. He says there are far too many complaints about the lack of proper hygiene. This crisis must be a wake up call to the management to carry out a deep clean and thereafter ensure that cleanliness levels are kept up to the proper standard.
Mr Neil said he’s keeping a close eye on the level of investment which the Health Board is putting into Monklands Hospital. He says he is determined to ensure that those on the Health Board who tried to shut down the A and E aren’t allowed to neglect the hospital. That means there must be real investment in its standard of cleanliness. He also said the food provided to patients at Monklands needed to be improved.
“I have had numerous complaints from constituents in recent months about the level of some services at Monklands.
There is a suspicion, which I hope is untrue, that some members on the NHS Board are happy to see Monklands being run down in the hope that more services will be concentrated at the two PFI hospitals, Hairmyres and Wishaw.
While I accept that some services requiring very specialist expertise should be concentrated in one location in Lanarkshire I am determined to ensure that Monklands Hospital gets its fair share of such Lanarkshire-wide services."
That means that the standard of cleanliness and food must be up to scratch. It is now up to the management to ensure that this happens”