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Hospitals: Inspections

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the statement made by the Baroness in Waiting, Baroness Thornton, of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column GC151, on the Health and Social Care Bill, which 25 acute hospitals the Healthcare Commission has decided to inspect to ascertain compliance with dignity and nutritional standards; on what date it was decided that these 25 acute hospitals were in need of inspection; how the 25 acute hospitals were selected; what hospitals the Healthcare Commission has previously inspected to ascertain adherence to nutritional standards; and if he will make a statement. (206644)

We have been informed by the Healthcare Commission that it carried out a review, entitled “Caring for Dignity”, the report of which was published in September 2007. This was a national report on dignity in care for older people while in hospital.

The review covered various aspects of care affecting the dignity and respect of older people, including aspects of nutrition in hospital. A total of 23 national health service acute trusts were inspected as part of the review.

The “Caring for Dignity” report sets out which trusts were investigated and why. Copies of the report have been placed in the Library.