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Hospital Health Standards (Prosecutions)

Volume 81: debated on Tuesday 25 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will seek to lift the immunity from

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Royal Victoria infirmary, Newcastle79268130243
South Cleveland hospital, Middlesbrough384101998
Royal infirmary, Sunderland58091683
Royal infirmary, Hull2553234114
St. James' hospital, Leeds7155056182
General infirmary, Leeds16033554
Royal Hallamshire hospital, Sheffield52115083250
City hospital, Nottingham2536059120
General hospital, Leicester4257062161
City hospital, Derby13530571

prosecution for Crown property such as hospitals alleged to have inadequate environmental health standards: and if he will make a statement.

I understand that the hon. Member is concerned about hygiene standards in the kitchens of NHS hospitals. In Health Circular HC(77)24 health authorities were told to give environmental health officers "open access" to their catering departments, to comply with the relevant regulations and not to use Crown immunity as a reason for failing to ensure that the standards prescribed by the regulations are met. We shall consider whether further action is required when the report of the inquiry into the outbreak of food poisoning at the Stanley Royd hospital, Wakefield is received.