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Latex: Allergies

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines her Department issues on the use of latex gloves in the healthcare sector; and if she will make a statement. (140072)

The Department does not now issue guidelines on this subject. The NHS National Patient Safety Agency (NHS NPSA) on 26 May 2005 advised all national health service organisations in England and Wales to take better steps to protect patients with latex allergy. Guidance was entitled ‘Protecting People With Allergy Associated with Latex’ and has been placed in the Library.