All 52 acute hospitals in Ireland will face unannounced hygiene assessments from next year under a new scheme launched today.
The initiative by the Health Service Accreditation Service Board is designed to improve cleanliness in hospitals across the country
As part of the plan, all hospitals will face a mandatory, unannounced inspection every year, with the results being published by the HSASB and the Health Service Executive.
The first such reports are expected next autumn.
Between now and January, hospital staff will be put through an education process to bring them up to speed on how to maintain good hygiene standards.