Non-medical staff of British hospitals continued their strike on Monday (5 March) despite warnings from surgeons and consultant doctors that risks to patients were growing.
GV PAN Whittingham Psychiatric Hospital.
SV's INT. Patients in restrooms.
SV Hospital laundry next to washing machines.
CU Sacks of laundry outside hospital.
Initials GD/VS 21.20 GS/VS 21.26
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Background: Non-medical staff of British hospitals continued their strike on Monday (5 March) despite warnings from surgeons and consultant doctors that risks to patients were growing. Cooks, porters, ward maids, orderlies, cleaners and laundry workers were on strike, affecting virtually every hospital in the country. Many patients were sent home ........ even some who had been admitted for heart or cancer operations. A spokesman for one large hospital said the effects of the strike could now be a matter of life or death.
The situation at Whittingham Psychiatric Hospital near Preston in North England, reflected one of the biggest problems caused by the strike...... the lack of clean linen. Many patients at Whittingham are incontinent and the supply of fresh linen is essential. British medical authorities have warned that a six day accumulation of unwashed bedclothes and other soiled linen raised serious dangers of infection, skin disease and other illnesses.