PERFORMANCE: Cleaning services in very high risk areas have been red-rated by Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust.

During March there were three occasions when the monitoring of very high risk areas did not reach the target of 96 per cent; there were five occasions related to very high risk areas and two related to high risk areas where rectification was needed to meet the required standards.

Concerns were raised by directors on informal walkabouts in the trust.

“The trust is monitoring the provision of the service very carefully and has drawn to the attention of the contractor the need to ensure that the required standards are achieved consistently going forward,” the board was told.