Any reduction in single-use plastics in healthcare would need to be supported by research and have the backing of clinical and technical experts.
NHS England and NHS Improvement is currently focusing on reducing the use of avoidable single use plastics in catering services. Products targeted include single-use plastic stirrers and straws, except where a person has a specific need, in line with the Government consultation on single-use plastic cutlery, plates or single-use cups made of expanded polystyrene or oxo-degradable plastics.
We are committed to the National Health Service “being the safest healthcare system in the world”. The NHS Patient Safety Strategy was published in July 2019.