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Have a look at this video from the show Marketplace on CBC. It raises important questions about the cleanliness of our hospitals and hospital-acquired infections (HAI). Understaffing, contracting out, and overcrowding are shown to cause dirtier hospitals and more preventable infections.

CUPE drew attention to these problems in a research paper and national tour on health care associated infections, and we continue to lobby for public solutions: microbiological cleaning standards, more inhouse cleaning staff, lower hospital occupancy, and mandatory public reporting.