It is one of three hospitals in Scotland given an 'Amber' grading for their level of compliance with national cleaning specifications:
- Raigmore NHS Trust, Inverness - 83.1 per cent;
- Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary - 84.1 per cent;
- Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley - 84.4 per cent.
Douglas Seago, head of facilities management for NHS Highland, which operates Raigmore, said the figures were disappointing and is quoted as stating:
"It was primarily down to the level of monitoring and staff becoming used to a new system.
"In June we managed to achieve an 89% compliance and in August we are looking at a 92% level of compliance.
"So in quarter two we will be in the green band and we will be achieving the over 90% average."
I do not wish to be unnecessarily cynical (that'll be a first! - Ed.), but Mr Seago's comments remind me of a Soviet-era Industry Minister telling comrades how wonderful everything is and that tractor production is, yet again, breaking new records. Time will tell how successfully the filth has been reduced - a future report, based on externally audited reporting, will with luck bear out his estimates.