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Hospital Cleanliness

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made in improving hospital cleanliness. (73565)

Hospital cleanliness is measured annually as part of the patient environment action team (PEAT) assessment. The first inspections in 2000 found around one-third of trusts to have poor or unacceptable standards. Since then there has been a steady improvement and in 2004-05, fewer than 5 per cent. were classified as poor or unacceptable. The latest PEAT inspections have recently been completed, and the results will be published in due course.

The Department has a comprehensive and multi-faceted programme of work on cleaner hospitals covering a wide range of issues, including:

setting standards that are monitored by the Healthcare Commission;

increased investment;

involving ward sisters and charge nurses;

inspecting hospitals;

issuing guidance;

raising awareness; and

research into alternative cleaning and monitoring technologies.