PERFORMANCE: The south London acute reported it had hired an extra cleaning contractor for high risk areas after “concern” about existing contractors Medirest.

The report of chief executive Tim Smart said: “The provision of cleaning services by Medirest continues to be an area of concern, whilst other services are performing within the contractual requirements.”

It said: “A cleaning services emergency improvement plan was agreed with the trust in January, to be completed by April. The plan includes a number of direct actions, which involve staff re-training, performance management of all the staff involved in the delivery of the service, a deep cleaning programme and additional intensive monitoring.”

The trust said the extra contractor was to carry out “deep cleaning on a number of very high risk areas”.