Surgery: Medical Equipment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th February 2019.

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Photo of Peter Aldous Peter Aldous Conservative, Waveney

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that surgery after-care equipment is (a) collected from patients when it is no longer needed and (b) reused when in pristine condition in order to reduce costs.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

There is a responsibility on National Health Service trusts to make the very best use of all resources and items where they are safely and legally reusable and returnable.

The policy on the return of equipment is a matter for each individual NHS trust. The policy should be included in the trust’s Sustainable Development Management Plan (SDMP). The publication of a trust’s SDMP is a requirement under Service Condition 18 of the NHS Standard Contract. This should be available for inspection by any member of the public.

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