HC Deb 24 January 2002 vol 378 cc1089-90W
Ms Walley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what remedial action is planned following the clean hospitals programme report into Haywood hospital, Stoke-on-Trent. [28917]

Yvette Cooper

I am advised that the action plan agreed by the North Staffordshire Hospital National Health Service Trust following the clean hospitals programme report into Haywood hospital following the inspection in March is progressing well and includesa large redecoration programme including the entrance, main reception areas, wards and common areas; improvements to internal and external signage; improvements to visitors' toilet facilities; investment in new furniture—improving the overall quality of the furniture stock; improvements to catering services; implementation of in-house support services staff performance monitoring scheme; improvements to hospital grounds and gardens.

We believe that infection control and basic hygiene should be at the heart of good management and clinical practice in the NHS which is why we have a £60 million clean hospitals programme.

The clean hospitals programme is intended to introduce and restore standards in cleanliness and the patient environment. Delivery progress under the clean hospitals programme is showing tangible improvements in every hospital.