Those were the days when matron ‘ruled the roost’ – woe betide anyone who stepped out of line! The old matrons ruled with an iron fist and commanded huge respect in the hospitals. They held both power and authority and as a result our hospitals were spotlessly clean.
Nowadays, by comparison our hospitals are filthy and it seems that nobody wants to take responsibility. Better hygiene is the only way to ward off superbugs. MRSA has been shown to survive in dust and dead skin cells. It doesn’t matter how much hand washing is done – to please our Minister for Health – if the hospital environment is dirty, the spread of infection will never be stopped . De-contamination of the hospital wards and equipment is essential if we are to curb the rise of the MRSA superbug.
We need to put Matron back where she belongs – in charge!