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Carers: Protective Clothing

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department funds the provision of aprons and gloves for carers. (150769)

No. It is for care providers, such as domiciliary care agencies and care home operators, to ensure that care staff are equipped with suitable protective clothing and that regulations governing hygiene and health and safety are complied with.

Providers will budget for the cost of protective clothing when negotiating prices for their services with commissioners, such as local authorities.