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Hospitals: Cleaning Services

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of wards in acute hospitals in England which will need to be temporarily closed to be deep cleaned. (156456)

The delivery of any deep-clean process is entirely a matter for local determination and will be affected by a range of local factors and considerations. It is not therefore possible to provide any estimate of the number of ward closures which may be required. However, we would expect all trusts to organise this programme in such a way that it minimises impact on service delivery and inconvenience to patients.