Royal Free NHS trust spends £183K on pest control since 2021

12 Apr 2024

Royal Free NHS Trust recorded 125 pest incidents over the past three years, according to data obtained by the Liberal Democrats after a Freedom of Information (FoI) request.

The trust, which runs the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead as well as others including Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital, spent £183,484 on pest control over the same period.

Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey said:

“These are shocking revelations and another sign our hospitals are no longer up to scratch for sick patients and hardworking staff.  

“In people’s hour of need, they need to be safe from bugs and rodents. Instead, wards are falling apart at the seams with foul pests allowed to roam freely. This is a national scandal. 

“Conservative ministers must act now by bringing forward emergency funds for crumbling and unhygienic hospitals.”


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