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Hospitals: Fires

Volume 494: debated on Thursday 25 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms there are for hospitals where fires have occurred to share information with other hospitals about those fires. (281447)

National health service organisations, excluding NHS foundation trusts, have a mandatory duty to report fire incidents to which the fire and rescue service has been called. Reporting is through the Estates Facilities Management (EFM) online information system as set out in “Firecode: Health Technical Memorandum 05-01 Managing healthcare fire safety”, which has been placed in the Library. Information from reported fire incidents is analysed to update the Department’s suite of fire safety guidance—Firecode.