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Nhs (Health And Safety)

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for (a) England, (b) each NHS region and (c) each strategic health authority the proportion of patient occupied floor area not compliant with (i) statutory health and safety regulations and (ii) statutory fire safety regulations in each of the last six years. [100854]

Data on the proportion of patient occupied floor area that is not compliant with statutory health and safety and statutory fire safety regulations, including compliance with the national health service firecode standards, began in 2001–02 and is shown in the tables. Figures are not yet available for 2002–03.

These figures reflect the proportion of the estate that is not fully compliant. Figures are collected for each category separately, and some of the areas covered by one category will also fall into the other. Non-compliant estate will cover a wide variety of conditions, including that which is just below standard. Therefore the figures do not indicate levels of risk, and despite significant proportions being non-compliant, the degree of risk to patients could be very small. Trusts make every effort to remedy any concerns from local enforcement bodies as quickly as possible. This is reflected in the very small numbers of injuries and deaths arising as a result of fires and reportable health and safety incidents in NHS hospitals in England, despite the very high numbers of people who use healthcare premises.

Health and safety

DHSC

Percentage floor area below statutory health and safety compliance

England total10.55
London9.48
Midlands and Eastern12.79
North8.81
South11.60

Strategic health authority

Percentage floor area below statutory health and safety compliance

Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire14.94
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire14.80
Birmingham and the Black Country15.83
Cheshire and Merseyside1.70
County Durham and Tees Valley0.55
Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcester40.84
Cumbria and Lancashire15.83
Dorset and Somerset1.73
Essex8.70
Greater Manchester9.11
Hampshire and Isle of Wight1.79
Kent and Medway8.81
Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland13.70
Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire4.20
North and North East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire19.05
North Central London15.64
North East London6.37
North West London9.54
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear9.87
Shropshire and Staffordshire10.65
South East London3.40
South West London15.20
South West Peninsular2.39
South Yorkshire3.94
Surrey and Sussex21.96
Thames Valley20.99
Trent1.96
West Yorkshire14.09

Fire safety

DHSC

Percentage floor area not in statutory fire safety compliance

England total8.57
London8.56
Midlands and Eastern9.23
North8.24
South8.34

Strategic health authority

Percentage floor area not in statutory fire safety compliance

Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire9.33
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire17.60
Birmingham and the Black Country4.62
Cheshire and Merseyside1.40
County Durham and Tees Valley0.24
Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcester29.88
Cumbria and Lancashire10.85
Dorset and Somerset2.03
Essex8.54
Greater Manchester9.24
Hampshire and Isle of Wight0.98
Kent and Medway6.14
Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland10.87
Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire2.67
North and North East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire13.76
North Central London10.70
North East London6.69
North West London7.17
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear21.61
Shropshire and Staffordshire6.56
South East London1.08
South West London25.08
South West Peninsular3.30
South Yorkshire2.56
Surrey and Sussex16.41
Thames Valley13.96
Trent3.12
West Yorkshire8.92