HC Deb 17 September 2003 vol 410 cc846-7W
Dr. Fox

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are being taken to minimise the risk of transmission of infection via ambulances. [130313]

Ms Rosie Winterton

In 2000, the Department of Health issued advice on the management and control of hospital infection (Health Service Circular 2000/02). All national health service trusts, including ambulance trusts were required to take action tostrengthen prevention and control of infection; secure appropriate health care services for patients with infection; and improve surveillance of infection.

Measures taken on infection control are a matter for individual trusts. Each trust will have an infection control policy which should comply with current best practice and have access to local advice.