The total number of COVID-19 cases reported to ARHAI Scotland this week (week ending 5 December 2021) was 20,014. Of these, 28 (0.1%) were reported as definite hospital onset (first positive specimen date was 24 or more days after admission to NHS board). In the previous week (week ending 28 November 2021) there were 60 (0.3%).
Even if we put together the definite, probable and indeterminate cases, only 0.6% of those may have been caught in the wards.
Even at the peak in January, with many more admissions daily, only 1% of cases were definitely picked up on the wards and at most 2-3% may have been.
Public Health England does not publish comparable data, but:
According to the Telegraph on 23 December 2021, one in three, 33% may have caught the virus in hospital, in recent weeks.
In October 2020, the Centre for Evidence-based Medicine at Oxford put the rate in English hospitals at between 18% and 23%.
No doubt, more than one factor explains this stark contrast but one obvious explanation from 2008, stands out:
NURSES in Scotland will not be expected to taken on extra cleaning under a directive to bring domestic services back in-house.
Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon announced the move to end outsourcing of catering, cleaning and porter services across all NHS clinical premises at a Scottish National Party conference at the weekend.https://www.nursingtimes.net/archive/scotland-axes-outsourced-hospital-cleaning-20-10-2008/