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Health: Cleanliness and Hygiene

Volume 696: debated on Wednesday 21 November 2007

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Health (Alan Johnson) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Patients rightly expect high standards of cleanliness and hygiene in all National Health Service settings.

Today, the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) is publishing information on the 2007 inspection results of the patient environment action teams. In 2000, we introduced patient environment action teams (PEAT) which assess every in-patient healthcare facility in England with more than 10 beds each year. The inspection looks at issues of hospital cleanliness, the quality of the environment, food and privacy and dignity.

Figures published today by the NPSA show that in 2007, 98 per cent of hospitals were rated excellent, good or acceptable: up from 95 per cent in 2006. This is against a more rigorous process in 2007 than for 2006 for the inspection process for PEAT.

The full data are available from the NPSA website at www.npsa.nhs.uk/peat.

As part of our drive to improve cleanliness further, my department recently announced a deep clean of all our hospitals to supplement ongoing cleaning. My department is making available further information on the funding to support the deep clean of the NHS at regional level. The following table outlines the indicative spending intentions for each SHA area. All trusts will have to submit detailed deep-clean plans, including costs to their primary care trusts and strategic health authorities. Foundation trusts will also be invited to agree plans and funding for additional deep cleaning with local commissioners. Trusts are aiming to complete all deep cleans by 31 March 2008.

SHA

2007-08 Expenditure intentions, £m

North-East

3

North-West

6.4

Yorkshire and Humber

5

East Midlands

7

West Midlands

9.9

East of England

4.2

London

8

South-East Coast

5.4

South Central

3.5

South-West

5.1

Total

57.5