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Infection Control


March 28, 2012
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TORONTO — Amid allegations of less than ideal housekeeping, the Niagara Health System is cutting ties with its cleaning services provider, ARAMARK, according to The Star.

The NHS, which battled a severe Clostridium difficile (C. diff) outbreak last year, did not say much about why the health provider and service provider are parting ways, only that its contract ends on March 31, the article stated.

According to the article, ARAMARK has received scrutiny from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) since the widespread C. diff outbreak resulted in 16 deaths.

"ARAMARK contributed to the C. difficile outbreak by cutting corners, using cheaper cleaning chemicals and reducing staffing levels," charged SEIU president Sharleen Stewart.

"Public hospitals should not be outsourcing infection control to private for-profit companies," Steward added.

ARAMARK spokesperson Chris Collom has defended the company''s work on battling the outbreak, noting that the Ontario Agency for Health Promotion and Protection confirmed that the company took "appropriate action," the article noted.

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