§ Mr. Gregory
asked the Minister of Health (1) what steps he is taking in consultation with the textile industry and research establishments to determine the standardisation in sizes and construction of bedding and linen for use in hospitals: what stage the appropriate working party has now reached with a view to determining such specifications; and if he will make a statement.
(2) what recommendations he will make for the appropriate application in the various branches of the national hospital service of woollen, cotten, linen and manmade fibre constructions in bedding and linen goods supplied to hospitals, in the various types and structures involved, with a view to realising adequate patient comfort, durability in use, and in meeting the safeguards demanded in washing and sterilising to eliminate cross-infection.
§ Mr. K. Robinson
Six groups of hospital officers have been formed to consider many of the textile goods used in hospitals including bed linen, uniforms, clothing and mattresses. With the benefit of advice from many sources including industry and research organisations, these groups are inquiring into use, materials, design and methods of manufacture. Their recommendations are expected next year, and consultations with all those concerned will then follow. I do not expect to make a statement until the reports have been received and discussed with hospital authorities.