Hospital cleaners told to cut corners

Three HEU members working for Compass at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital spoke out in the media today about the instructions they’ve received to cut corners on cleaning and other obstacles they face in fulfilling their job responsibilities.

The story originated in the Nanaimo Daily News and also ran in the Victoria Times Colonist.

The three housekeepers interviewed say under-staffing and heavy workloads have made short cuts a common practice, and when they are shifted to work in operating rooms or the emergency department they do not receive any training or special instructions about how to clean those sensitive areas.

Out of concern for their jobs, the women went on the record anonymously.

They also confirmed that in advance of a recent cleaning audit a notice was posted a week in advance directing housekeepers to “ensure their areas would pass the audit.”