According to, hospitals in the United Kingdom are strapped for cash and asked to cut back on facility programs, such as cleaning. To save budget dollars, non-clinical areas are only vacuumed and dusted once a month, while toilets are cleaned twice weekly.

Office workers have also been asked to contribute to maintaining a clean environment during the cutbacks. Workers have been given cleaning products and equipment to tidy up their own work areas between cleanings done by the custodial crew. They have also been asked to empty their own trash on a regular basis.

The cutbacks were only implemented to non-clinical areas so that the custodial crew could continue to focus their regular attention on patient areas.

Not all workers within the facility are pleased with the cleaning cutbacks. Some argue that nurses will often use the office restrooms (cleaned only twice a week) and have the potential to carry germs back to patient areas.

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