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NHS: Cleaning Services

Volume 476: debated on Wednesday 21 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what products and treatments, used for infection control or cleaning purposes in NHS facilities, have been reviewed by the Rapid Review Panel since December 2005. (206349)

Since December 2005 five products have demonstrated sufficient basic research and development, validation and recent in-use evaluations to enable the Rapid Review Panel (RRP) to make a recommendation to the Department that the product should be made available to national health service bodies. This is a recommendation one.

Where appropriate products have been made available to the NHS by the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA) via the NHS Supply Chain and are contained in their product supply catalogue.

The Department does not have full information on the use of the products reviewed by the RRP as infection control products do not have to be purchased through NHS Supply Chain. NHS trusts are free to choose which products to purchase and will maintain their own records.

NHS PASA does not recommend particular products.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the findings of the evaluation of room cleaning for MRSA using vaporised hydrogen peroxide decontamination technology along with wet disinfection; and if he will make a statement. (206350)

The Department's project on the importance of environmental contamination, including on assessment of gaseous fumigation, including vaporisation products, has been extended and is now due to be complete by the end of August 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many submissions the Rapid Review Panel has received to its review of products to aid cleanliness and fight infections in the NHS; when each submission was received; and on which date the Rapid Review Panel reported its results for each submission in the last year for which information is available. (206355)

The Rapid Review Panel (RRP) has reviewed 37 products in three meetings since May 2007.

The Department does not hold the data on when each product was received however, the deadline for application receipt is usually three weeks prior to the scheduled meeting date. The RRP has a limit on the number of products it can review during one meeting and so the number of reviews is capped, applications are reviewed on a first-come first-served basis. Late submissions are placed on the agenda for the next available meeting.

The RRP met on 19 June 2007, 25 September 2007 and 6 December 2007 and reports were released to the public on 10 July 2007, 25 October and 8 January 2008.