Wednesday, 2 May 2007

Millions flushed away

It has been brought to my attention that Scotland has a national hand hygiene campaign brought to the fortunate public by those luvvies at Health Protection Scotland. Not only is money being spent on TV adverts but also on 'sonic washroom posters' that are located in not only toilets but also bizarrely at cashpoints. I'd imagine people will get quite a shock when a poster starts booming 'Clean hands, clean conscience' at them, did anyone consider the accidents these 'sonic' posters may cause? Maybe another campaign is needed to warn of the dangers of these posters? Will new diagnoses of schizophrenia be on the rise as loads of mad Scots insist that some poster told them they were filthy and needed to scrub more vigorously?

The TV advert can be viewed here, apparently:

"Washing your hands properly with soap and warm water is the single most important thing you can do to help reduce the spread of infections and help protect you, your family and those around you."

Really? I thought a good faeces sandwich was a good way of building up the immune system, is that still ok as long as you wash your hands afterwards? There is a serious point here. I am not denying the benefits of appropriate hand washing, but is this campaign an appropriate use of 2.5 MILLION POUNDS in today's NHS climate?

Yes I do not lie, 2.5 million pounds has been spent telling people to wash their hands at a time when enforced NHS deficits are leading to cuts in services and consequent harm to patients. Staff are being laid off, wards are being closed, training budgets are being cut, operations are being cancelled, good treatments are denied, properly trained staff are being replaced with untrained quacks and yet 2.5 million pounds is found to fund this quango to tell us the bleeding obvious.

That's the NHS under Labour for you. Billions wasted on centralised nonsense while the frontline is starved of cash. It's no wonder we're in a pickle.


Anonymous said...

Anne McQueen used to be a nurse, then she was a bed manager, and now she's an infection control specialist.

What a joke.

Surely for infection control to be improved, every single meber of staff in the hospitals should be an infection control specialist?

Garth Marenghi said...

Indeed it is better than everyone is well trained generally, as without this a few specialists will be fighting a losing battle.

It's ironic that training funding is being raided by trusts in order to pay off deficits to save Hewitt's stinky arse.

DundeeMedStudent said...

NHS Scotland, operates under separate funding than trusts down south, so the costs of this do not affect the fund raiding. Hewitt actually has very little control over NHS Scotland as powers are devolved.

Yes 2.5 million is a but steep, but from my time as an axillary the amount of visitors who thought that only staff needed to wash their hands when entering and exiting infection control rooms was staggering.

I didn't know the posters shouted at you, that is a bit scary.