Mouse poo in offices of Regina cancer clinic worry Opposition

The Opposition NDP is raising concerns about mice at the Allan Blair Cancer Centre Regina.

The Opposition NDP is raising concerns about mice at the Allan Blair Cancer Centre Regina.

The NDP quoted from an internal memo at the centre, dated Nov. 7, that reminded staff in office areas to be diligent about food waste.

"Due to an increase in mice being spotted in the clinic, please do NOT eat at your desks or throw food in your office garbage," the memo said, adding that staff should use a designated garbage can to dispose of food items.

The Opposition health critic said having mice in a treatment facility does not reflect well on the province's health care system.

"The bottom line is people in Saskatchewan have an expectation that when they're admitted to a health care facility that their basic needs are being met including infection control and cleanliness," Danielle Chartier said Tuesday.

But the head of the clinic said the memo was referring to an office area, not to areas where patients are treated.

"We know that there's been some droppings sighted," Scott Livingstone, CEO of the clinic, told CBC News. "And we've made staff aware through the memo and also verbally that if they actually see a mouse or see mouse signs to let us know and we'll have housekeeping and facilities come and put more traps out."

He said the memo about mice was to remind staff to be careful in the office area, so that mice do not become a problem throughout the clinic.

With files from CBC's Stefani Langenegger


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