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Hospitals: Cleaning Services

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much additional funding has been given to (a) Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust and (b) all other hospital trusts for a deep clean. (177837)

Information on the costs of individual trust plans for deep cleaning is not held by the Department. All trusts were required to submit and agree their deep clean plans, including costs, with primary care trusts and providers in their area by 14 December 2007 and this process has been monitored and assessed by the strategic health authorities.

I refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statement issued on 21 November 2007, Official Report, columns 134-35WS, in which the Department made available information on the funding to support the deep clean of the national health service at regional level.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when (a) West Suffolk, (b) Addenbrookes and (c) Ipswich hospitals will receive a deep clean; (179187)

(2) how many hospitals in the eastern area have been deep cleaned in the last 12 months.

All trusts were required to submit and agree their deep clean plans with primary care trusts in their area by 14 December 2007 and this process has been monitored and assessed by strategic health authorities (SHAs). An interim local progress report about the implementation of deep cleans will be published by SHAs shortly. All deep cleans will be complete by the end of March 2008.