§ Baroness Cumberlege
asked Her Majesty's Government:
How the findings of the Rapid Review Panel concerning hospital acquired infections will be promulgated; and what large-scale multi-centre trials are planned to demonstrate the effectiveness of the new procedures and processes identified by that panel. [HL1197]
§ Lord Warner
The recommendations of the Rapid Review Panel are published on the Health Protection Agency's website, together with the minutes of the panel meetings atwww.hpa.org.uk/infections/topics_az/rapid_review/_default.htm
Where the Rapid Review Panel suggests further work, it is generally the company's responsibility to organise this; the panel itself does not organise product evaluations. Some evaluations may be performed as part of normal NHS purchasing and supply agency tendering exercises. Also, some products may be included in the department's research and development programme for healthcare associated infection.