Pied Piper anywhere?
“Hospitals are infested with rats, fleas, ants and cockroaches, and many have leaking sewage pipes.
Almost all hospitals have suffered from pests while two thirds have leaking roofs and pipes after years of raiding maintenance budgets to cover day-to-day spending.”
Wot, no pigeons?
“Droppings in an operating theatre, flies in a labour ward and a false widow spider are among the reasons pest control services were called to Welsh hospitals over the past five years.
Ants and rats prompted the most call-outs but cockroaches, wasps, slugs and maggots were also spotted.”
Different dates, different places, same problem.
“Rats have been spotted running around a hospital kitchen in an infestation lasting ‘several weeks’.
Workers at Warrington General Hospital have flagged up the problem and pest control officers are battling to get the situation under control.”
“A rat was spotted running across a patient’s bedroom at a mental health ward in Northern Ireland in sickening footage.”
The Guardian tries to sum it up.
“Thousands of pests including cockroaches and rats have been found in NHS hospitals in each of the last five years as the cost of tackling them has spiralled, new figures have shown.
Data obtained by the Press Association under freedom of information shows there were nearly 5,000 pest control callouts by NHS trusts to hospitals in England in 2015-16 – equivalent to around 13 a day. The areas where pests have been sighted included maternity wards, children’s intensive care units and operating theatres.
The amount of money hospitals spent on treating pests reached nearly £1.1m in the year to March 2016 and the overall figure is likely to be far higher, as 87 of about 150 trusts responded to the request. Some refused to say how much they had spent, citing private finance initiative deals or that the information was “commercially sensitive”.
Costs have soared compared with five years ago, based on an analysis of like-for-like data from the 62 trusts that provided figures for both 2011-12 and 2015-16, which showed a rise of more than 26% over the period – from £646,857 to £815,855.”