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Hospital Laundry Facilities

Volume 410: debated on Tuesday 2 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals do not have laundry facilities on site; and whether he intends to require all hospitals to have internal laundries. [126416]

No information is held centrally on the number of hospitals with on-site laundry facilities.There is no intention to require all hospitals to have laundries on site. The management and control of hospital linen is administered at local level. National health service trusts are required to have risk management protocols with regard to effective laundry practice.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has for requiring nurses and medical staff to keep their uniforms at work to be laundered after each use rather than travelling to work in uniform. [126417]

Provision and laundering of staff uniforms is a matter for individual trusts to determine. There are no proposals to require staff to leave uniforms at work for trusts to launder.