HC Deb 14 February 2003 vol 400 cc37-8W
Mr. Burstow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which of the six key targets under the Better Hospital Food Programme will have been fully delivered by the end of December 2002 in each(a) region and (b) health authority. [96725]

Mr. Lammy

I refer the hon. Member to the response I gave on him 14 October 2002,Official Report, volume 390, columns 481–82W.

Tim Loughton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Mr. Burstow) of 22 January,Official Report, column 393W, on hospital hygiene, how long it took to produce the "Process Mapping the Housekeeper Service—A Toolkit for Change" guidance; and whether this superseded previous guidance on this issue. [96046]

Mr. Lammy

The guide, "Process Mapping the Housekeeper Service—A Toolkit for Change", was produced to assist trusts when introducing housekeeping services. It was developed in conjunction with the National Health Service over a period of time following publication of the NHS Plan and was launched by the Chief Nursing Officer, Sarah Mullally, in November 2002. The development included a period of feedback and consultation.

The toolkit is not prescriptive. Its aim is to help trusts examine their own service and develop local solutions. Information included about the withholding of payment or termination of contracts expands upon but does not supersede any previous guidance or local service level agreements. It makes clear that nurses have a major role to play in setting and monitoring standards of cleanliness at ward level.

Keith Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals he visited in 2002. [90039]

Mr. Lammy

In 2002, my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, had the opportunity to visit the following hospitals, some on more than one occasion.

Epsom General Hospital, Maidstone Hospital, St Thomas' Hospital (London), Liverpool Women's Hospital, Peterborough District Hospital, St Mary's Hospital (London), Worcester Royal Hospital, Ilkeston Community Hospital, King's College Hospital (London), The Whittington Hospital (London), Addenbrookes Hospital, St George's Hospital (London), The Royal Marsden Hospital, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Medway Hospital, Barnet General Hospital (London), Chase Farm Hospital and Darlington Memorial Hospital.