NHS: Cleaning Services

Health written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many submissions the Rapid Review Panel has received to its review of products to aid cleanliness and fight infections in the NHS; when each submission was received; and on which date the Rapid Review Panel reported its results for each submission in the last year for which information is available.

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

The Rapid Review Panel (RRP) has reviewed 37 products in three meetings since May 2007.

The Department does not hold the data on when each product was received however, the deadline for application receipt is usually three weeks prior to the scheduled meeting date. The RRP has a limit on the number of products it can review during one meeting and so the number of reviews is capped, applications are reviewed on a first-come first-served basis. Late submissions are placed on the agenda for the next available meeting.

The RRP met on 19 June 2007, 25 September 2007 and 6 December 2007 and reports were released to the public on 10 July 2007, 25 October and 8 January 2008.

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