PUBLIC health bosses have been contacted about a high number of rat and mice infestations in Glasgow posing a health risk.

Last week the Glasgow Times reported on official figures that showed an increase in reports of rats or mice in the city in 2022.

There were more than 10,000 reports in the last year.

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Cleansing workers have linked the number of rat sightings, both by the public and staff, to council cuts.

Now, councillor Soryia Siddique, deputy of the Glasgow Labour group, has raised the issue with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde stating it is a health concern.

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She said: “This level of rodent infestation is very worrying and I am sure you will share my concern at this apparent public health risk.

“A correlation has been made between cuts in cleansing provision in Glasgow (particularly the reduction in bin collections and the introduction of a bulk uplift charge) and infestation.”

The councillor has asked if the health board has been in contact with the council regarding the issue as a public health risk.

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She added: “I have been receiving ongoing complaints from constituents regarding infestation in domestic environments and recently at a local community park.

“This correlates with the concerns raised by GMB trade union. Over a decade of cuts to Glasgow City Council is having dire consequences.  

“We have written to the director of public health to take action.

“Glasgow communities deserve better.”

On the increase in rodent infestations, Glasgow City Council said: “Reports from Glasgow residents of rats and mice were slightly lower in 2022 than they were in 2019 and we continue to respond quickly to calls for assistance from members of the public.

“Residents have a vital role in restricting the presence of rodents in and around their property.

“Keeping outdoor areas tidy and well maintained will help to prevent rodents from nesting while ensuring food waste is properly contained will also deter rodents, both indoors and outdoors.”

A spokesperson for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: "We have received and noted the content of the letter.

"However, as it is Glasgow City Council’s environmental health teams who have responsibility for pest control, we hope that the councillors also share their concerns directly with them."