New national health body to fight infections

Scottish Government commits to new body to improve standards at every stage of major infrastructure projects

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

A new NHS Scotland organisation is to be created to tackle infections in health and social care, it has been announced.

The new body – as yet unnamed – will have responsibility for strengthening infection prevention and control, across the NHS estate in Scotland. This will mean having an input into the design, construction and maintenance of major infrastructure developments. The new body was announced as part of the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government for 2019-20.

Reports into the safety and cleanliness of NHSScotland’s hospitals is currently the responsibility of Healthcare Improvement Scotland and the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate. It is unclear what role the current organisations will have in relation to the new body.

The announcement follows the high-profile failure of infection control at the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, and the delayed opening of the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh, held up after safety checks revealed a defect in the air ventilation system of the building.