HC Deb 14 February 2003 vol 400 c29W
Mr. Laxton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how local NHS trusts assess the clothing needs of their long-term patients; and what procedures are in place to ensure these needs are met. [95301]

Mr. Lammy

Trusts have a duty to ensure patient privacy and dignity is upheld at all times. This includes having arrangements in place to meet the clothing needs of all patients.

Trusts are supported by the introduction of modern matrons—senior sisters and charge nurses who are easily identifiable to patients and who have the authority and support they need to make sure the fundamentals of care are right. Also, patient advice and liaison services are available in most trusts, to provide information and on the spot help for patients, their families and carers.