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Hospitals: Cleaning Services

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what date the deep clean of Driffield Hospital took place; and at what cost; (256029)

(2) on what date the deep clean of Bridlington Hospital took place; and at what cost;

(3) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of deep cleaning of NHS hospitals in reducing the incidence of MRSA infections.

Deep cleaning is just part of a comprehensive range of measures to improve cleanliness and tackle infections set out in the strategy ‘Clean, Safe Care: Reducing Infections and Saving Lives’, a copy of which is already available in the Library.

The national deep clean programme was overseen by strategic health authorities (SHAs). Information about the specific timing and cost of each individual trust’s deep clean was not collected centrally. On 17 January 2008, a written ministerial statement confirmed that out of 328 trusts, 263 had started their deep clean and that the remaining 65 trusts all had agreed plans in place. My right. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health (Alan Johnson) made a further written statement on 21 April 2008 marking the end of the deep clean initiative for 2007-08. The same statement confirmed that SHAs had made available all the funding promised for the programme, a total of £62.5 million. The spend for Yorkshire and Humber SHA was £5 million.

On completion of the national deep clean programme, SHAs took the lead in evaluating the impact of each trust’s deep clean actions as each programme was different. It was recognised that no single measurement method would pick up all the benefits, particularly as trusts implemented a wide range of measures to improve cleanliness and tackle healthcare associated infections.

The Department subsequently worked with SHAs to draw up examples of where a deep clean had had a demonstrable effect in improving patient care and experience. A compendium of good practice, ‘From Deep Clean to Keep Clean’ was published in October 2008 to form the basis of shared learning across the national health service. A copy of the compendium has been placed in the Library and is available on the Department’s website at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_089716