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Hospitals: Cleaning Services

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) cleaning staff and (b) cleaning service providers in (i) hospitals and (ii) health or social care institutions were subject to disciplinary or contractual proceedings in each of the last five years. (165535)

[holding answer 19 November 2007]: This information is not held centrally by the Department. Individual disciplinary and contractual proceedings against directly employed or contracted out cleaners are a matter for local health and social care organisations to manage as part of their everyday business. Employers can determine any sanction necessary, ranging from a warning up to and including dismissal. This has to be justified on the grounds of competence or conduct but subject to the provisions of the laws governing employment and equal opportunities. Any action against contracted out services will be subject to the terms of the contract in question.