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Nhs (Hospital Hygiene)

Volume 77: debated on Friday 26 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the adequacy of current hygiene standards in National Health Service hospital kitchens; and how such standards are monitored.

The maintenance of standards in particular kitchens is the responsibility of individual health authorities and we expect them to comply with the relevant food hygiene regulations and to allow environmental health officers open access to catering departments and food handling areas in their premises. Recommendations by these officers should be considered immediately within authorities to decide what action is needed.