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Sterile Services Departments

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether inspection of sterile services departments forms part of the Healthcare Commission's performance ratings. [7506]

Jane Kennedy: In July 2004, the Department issued Standards for Better Health", the first ever national standards for the national health service. The Healthcare Commission will be assessing and rating the NHS against these standards from 2005–06. Core standard four says that: