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Hospitals: Cleaning Services

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NHS matrons have powers to withhold payment to cleaning service providers. [206374]

Ann Keen: Matrons have the authority to set and monitor standards in cleaning contracts and to remedy problems if they occur. This includes by withholding payment from cleaning services which do not deliver.

We have issued guidance that sets out the expected processes to be followed when matrons, in conjunction with trust chief executives, are considering imposing penalties on a contractor or an in-house provider. The guidance makes it clear that local resolution is to be preferred, however, withholding payment is an option to be considered amid trusts' contract monitoring and associated escalation procedures.

Hospitals: Procurement

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice his Department has issued to hospitals on the procurement of food from small, local producers. [205236]

Mr. Bradshaw: The NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA) has encouraged the involvement of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as national and multi-national suppliers, in tendering for framework agreements for food products
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to the national health service and this objective has transferred over to the NHS Supply Chain since they took over the role of food procurement in October 2006.

The tendering opportunities available to SMEs enabled their offers to be limited to deliveries within their preferred geographical locations and within their product range. Additionally, NHS PASA promoted the same procurement initiative for NHS trusts to adopt through their own direct contracts. NHS PASA also provided advice to ensure trusts remained in compliance with the European Union (EU) procurement directives as the specifying of local food could contravene the EU directives.

Within procuring for health and sustainability, trusts are also encouraged to work against the good corporate citizen toolkit.

Meat Hygiene Service

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the findings of the recent Food Standards Agency study in relation to the status and structure of the Meat Hygiene Service. [207317]

Dawn Primarolo: Food Standards Agency (FSA) Board papers and minutes are published on the FSA's website. They include the Final Report of the Review of the Delivery of Official Controls in Approved Meat Premises, which the FSA Board considered in July 2007 and at which targets were set for the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) and information was requested on possible outsourcing of part of the MHS. The FSA Board decided at its meeting on 7 May 2008 that the option of piloting an alternative to the MHS should not be pursued and that available resources should be focused on MHS modernisation. The May Board papers will be available after 13 June 2008 on the FSA's website at:

Mental Health Services

Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to ensure that forensic medical examiners are qualified to diagnose mental health problems. [184179]

Mr. McNulty: I have been asked to reply.

The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) offers some police-based training to forensic physicians and works in conjunction with the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine (FFLM). The FFLM ensures that individuals employed in this field receive the appropriate support through regular medical updates and a facilitation service provided by experienced, subject matter experts.

Further, external training is also available in order to assist medical staff to assess the mental health state of persons in custody and to make judgement on whether they are, or are not, fit enough to be detained and/or interviewed (Section 12 of the Mental Health Act 1983—‘assessment of persons in custody’ sets this process out in detail). The NPIA ensures that student medical examiners are made aware of these procedures, but does not train them to ‘Section 12 Approved doctor’ status as referred to under the Act. Section 12 training is approved by regional approval panels which oversee the appointment of doctors applying for section 12 approval.


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NHS: Infectious Diseases

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a list of the products submitted to the Rapid Review Panel for consideration for use in fighting infection in the NHS in the last year for which information is available. [206356]

Ann Keen: The following table shows the products that have been submitted to the Rapid Review Panel for consideration for use in fighting infection in the national health service in the last year for which information is available (April 2007 to April 2008).

Company name Product name

DuPont

DuPont Relu+On Prion Inactivator

Giltech Ltd.

Silvatec Anti-Microbial Cleansing Bar

Remedy Research Ltd.

Ultramicrofibre (UMF) cloths/CuWB50

Teknon

Biocleanse

Ximax Ltd.

TwinOxide

Redwood Valley Ltd.

Original Oxygen Cream

Remedy Research Ltd.

Hand Gel/CuAL42

Cepheid Europe

Xpert MRSA

ConvaTec

Flexi-Seal Faecal Management System (FMS)

Remedy Research Ltd.

Laundry/CuWB50

Total Integration Ltd.

NowcleanZ

Air and Environmental

Environmental Air Sanitizer

Bioquell (Resub)

Bioquell Hydrogen Peroxide Vapour System

Greenbridge (Resub)

Active8 Hard Surface Cleaner

Greenbridge (Resub)

Active8 Floor Cleaner

Greenbridge (Resub)

Active8 Vapourisation Formulation

Greenbridge (Resub)

Active8 Sanitisation Wipes

Metatecta

MetaSteric system

Synergy Healthcare plc.

Assure

Systemsolv Ltd.

Air-Raid

Talley Environmental Care Ltd.

TECare Disinfectant Cleaner

Addison Smith Ltd.

70 per cent. Bamboo—30 per cent. Cotton Woven Fabric

Cupron (resub)

Cupron

Deb (Cutan Resub)

Cutan foam hand sanitiser

Perfect Essentials UK

Perfect Hand Protectant and Sanitiser

Hollister Ltd.

Zassi—bowl management system

Rochester Medical

Release-NF Anti-Infection Foley Catheter

CIAT

NEO BIO

Tri-Air Developments Ltd.

Tri-Air Developments Purifier

GAMA

Clinell Alchoholic 2 per cent. Chlorhexidine

Hyso International Ltd.

Hyso Automatic Door Handle Deep Cleaning System

Toray Textiles

See it Safe antimicrobial fabrics

Deb (Cutan Resub)

Cutan foam hand sanitiser

Perma-Health

SpheriKill

Safeway Hygiene

Hand Hygiene Unit (HHU)

Ackw Lts T/A SAS

Showersafe

3M Healthcare (Biotrace)

Clean Trace


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Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department’s procedure is for the introduction of new infection control technologies in the NHS following a recommendation from its Rapid Review Panel. [206357]

Ann Keen: The Rapid Review Panel (RRP) was set up in 2004 to review new health care associated infection related technologies. The RRP provides a prompt assessment of new and novel equipment, materials, and other products or protocols that may be of value to the national health service in improving infection prevention and control. The RRP has already reviewed over 200 products, providing feedback and opinion in one of seven categories, with recommendation 1 being the highest category where the efficacy of a product has been proved scientifically and in use.

A wide range of new programmes is being implemented to support the RRP as a consequence of the Healthcare Associated Infection Technology Innovation Programme launched in the “Clean, safe care” strategy (January 2008). Technologies with a RRP recommendation 1 are being placed in showcase hospitals around the country for periods up to six months for the purpose of evaluating in-use features and providing feedback to the NHS in the form of ready made adoption business cases. Such technologies are also subject to an accelerated placement in the NHS Supply Chain catalogue.

Uptake will be reviewed through information provided by the NHS Supply Chain where this is appropriate. Plans are also being developed to provide support to technologies that have RRP Panel two and three recommendations.

NHS: Nutrition

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dieticians worked in the NHS in
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each year since 1997; what the full-time equivalent figure was in each such year; and how many patient contacts with dieticians there were in each such year. [206667]

Ann Keen: The number and full-time equivalent figure for dieticians working in the national health service in each year since 1997 is shown in the following table.

The number of patient contacts with dieticians is not collected centrally.

NHS Hospital and Community Health Services: Dieticians 1997-2007 number and full-time equivalent (FTE), England as at 30 September each year
Dietetics—Numbers Dietetics FTE

1997

2,287

1,864

1998

2,383

1,961

1999

2,517

2,058

2000

2,607

2,129

2001

2,772

2,255

2002

2,906

2,377

2003

3,122

2,565

2004

3,235

2,664

2005

3,407

2,792

2006

3,413

2,823

2007

3,513

2,924


Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many weight management counsellors are employed by each strategic health authority. [206077]

Ann Keen: Weight management counsellors are not identified in the national health service work force census. However this role may be undertaken by dieticians; the number of dieticians by strategic health authority (SHA) is shown on the following tables.

NHS hospital and community health services (HCHS): qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical (ST and T) staff by SHA area—England as at September 2007
Headcount
England North east North west Yorkshire and the Humber East M idlands West M idlands East of England London South east coast South central South west Special health authorities and others

All qualified dietetics staff

3,513

192

551

427

229

335

336

688

229

225

301

0

Consultant Therapist

7

1

0

0

0

1

1

3

1

0

0

0

Manager

192

9

36

18

9

16

16

41

19

15

13

0

Therapist

3,314

182

515

409

220

318

319

644

209

210

288

0

All dietetics support staff

256

24

60

26

26

15

20

32

15

15

23

0

Assistant practitioner

7

1

1

0

0

0

1

3

0

1

0

0

Student/trainee

8

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

7

0

0

Helper/assistant

241

23

59

25

26

15

19

29

15

7

23

0


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