Published: 12/08/2004, Volume II4, No. 5918 Page 6 7
Window cleaner Steve Glasson has bid to carry out the dying request of retired GP Dr John Hughes-Games to wash all 400 windows at Bristol Oncology Centre.
Dr Hughes-Games, who died of leukaemia last month at the age of 77, asked for donations following his death to be sent to a special window-cleaning fund for the centre, which is run by United Bristol Healthcare trust.
Newspapers including the Daily Mail and The Daily Express said the incident 'shamed the NHS.'
But the GP's widow, Susan Hughes-Games, stressed that she had nothing but praise for the treatment her husband received.
She said: 'He had such terrific, wonderful care and I hope this fund is a way of giving something back.'
In a statement, the trust said the fund Dr Hughes-Games had set up was 'greatly appreciated ... especially as our priority is to spend funds on treating cancer patients and these cleaning costs are expensive'. It added that 'whilst clean windows may make a patient's stay slightly more pleasant, the cleanliness of external panes of windows presents no health risk to patients.'