" I think men are not suitable for cleaning duties"

About: Doncaster Royal Infirmary / General surgery

(as the patient),

I was admitted to Doncaster Hospital for a blood transfusion in November 2008. I was disappointed to see nurses time taken up doing tasks which I thought should have been done by auxiliaries. The cleaning seemed to be allocated to people who seemed to have no idea how to do it properly, such as cleaning around furniture. Once I moved some chairs and they told me not to do it, health and safety is going mad! I think men are not suitable for cleaning duties; only women should be employed for this task because they know what they are doing. The male cleaners looked like they were just moving the muck around. I say bring back the matrons, no private cleaners and leave the nurses to get on with what they are good at. I watched night nurse 'sister' cleaning shelves and worktops, whilst auxiliaries stood gazing while my drip had come adrift. This made me not bother the sister to address my problem. The professionals do a good job and I am grateful to them, but others are not fit for purpose and should try other employment. One last point, the food problem needs a total rethink as a new way must be found to solve it. My wife should not have to bring all my food and drink in for me!

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