Barnet Hospital: Standards

Health written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the quality of (a) nursing care and (b) cleaning services at Barnet hospital.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

The quality of nursing care and cleaning services are matters for the local national health service.

On 5 July 2007, the Healthcare Commission (HCC) issued Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals NHS Trust with an improvement notice.

The improvement notice related to the 'Code of Practice for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections'. The code outlines compulsory duties to prevent and manage healthcare-associated infections such as meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile. All NHS trusts should be compliant with these duties.

Further to a follow up visit on 31 October 2007, the HCC announced on 20 December 2007 that the trust had made improvements in infection control and was compliant with the requirements of the improvement notice that had been issued on 5 July.

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