Health-on-Line Comment On Hospital Bug Infestations

August 21, 2008 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
Health-on-Line has today responded to recent reports of infestations in NHS hospital trusts. Recent reports have shown alarming levels and variety of pest infestations. These range from the less worrying variety such as flying ants, wasps and flies to the more concerning including maggots, rats and mice.

Mark Martin, Managing Director of online Private Medical Insurance (PMI) company, Health-on-Line says "Although we're certainly not saying that private hospitals are immune to pest infestation or hospital acquired infections, the rates of occurrence are considerably lower. The question to ask is why is that?"

Private hospitals have not suffered the high rates of infection cases and this seems to be down to the priority given to hygiene and cleanliness. Many private centres do not employ external companies to clean the premises and ensure a rigorous routine is adhered too. Whilst the reports seem to ignite concerns about the hygiene standards and cleanliness in hospitals, the Department of Health (DoH) appears sceptical of the suggestions these infestations could contribute to the spread of infections.

"For many individuals, the thought of having to spend any time in a hospital can be unnerving, and the added worry of hygiene and cleanliness contributes further to these concerns. Many see PMI and the access to private hospitals that this gives, as a real alternative to alleviate this concern" says Martin.

"A comprehensive PMI scheme with Health-on-Line will cost a 45 year old just over £50* a month and provide access to over 200 private hospitals throughout the UK. These hospitals are regularly assessed and any that don't meet rigorous quality standards will be removed from the list." continues Martin.

Concluding, Martin says "Our policyholders can rest assured that the hospital they choose to visit for treatment has been vetted prior to their admittance, that's one of the reasons why they take out PMI".

*Based on a 45 year old living outside of London, with £250 voluntary excess, Personal Choice plan Options 2, 3, 4 & 5. Rates correct at the time of print.

Founded in 2000, Health-on-Line is an innovative Private Medical Insurance (PMI) company based in Bournemouth. With Health-on-Line, you can tailor your PMI to meet your specific needs by providing a range of options to select from. You can obtain quotes, tailor the policy and purchase your PMI through our online system or call us on 01202 544 445. Our policies are underwritten by AXA PPP healthcare and policy holders have access to over 200 quality assured hospitals throughout the UK.