Thousands of pests including rats and cockroaches have been found in NHS hospitals in each of the last five years as the cost of tackling them has spiralled, new figures show.
There were nearly 5,000 pest control call-outs by NHS trusts to hospitals in England in 2015/16 – this is equivalent to around 13 a day – according to data obtained by the Press Association using the Freedom of Information laws.
The areas where the pests have been seen included maternity wards, children’s intensive care units and operating theatres. But no figures for hospitals run by Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were made available.
The Press Association said that some hospitals had refused to reveal information on pest control, citing private finance initiative (PFI) deals or that the information was “commercially sensitive”. The Derby Telegraph has asked Derby Teaching Hospitals the reasons why its figures are not available but has not yet received a response.