Interserve hires Maitland at time of MRSA scrutiny

Interserve, the FTSE 250 hospital cleaner and support services group, has hired The Maitland Consultancy as the link between outsourced cleaning services and infections caught while in medical care comes under scrutiny.

Maitland managing partner Neil Bennett started working on the £75,000 account on 4 January and reports to Interserve finance director Tim Jones.

Interserve head of corporate comms Giles Scott said the firm had been rebuilding its reputation with the City since it was forced to issue a profit warning three years ago: ‘We have been getting our house in order and now feel we are at the point where we can be more proactive.’

The move comes 18 months after deputy chief executive Adrian Ringrose was promoted to CEO to replace Mike Bottjer, who became chairman.

Through its facilities services division Interserve works in the controversial area of school and hospital cleaning. Public service union Unison has published independent research showing there were 55,000 cleaners in the NHS in 2003/04, compared with 100,000 20 years ago, and has blamed the 45 per cent cut in cleaning staff for the spread of the deadly MRSA hospital superbug.

Interserve is also involved in managing training facilities for the Army and building schools.

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