Community Care: Endoscopy

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th June 2022.

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Photo of Peter Dowd Peter Dowd Labour, Bootle

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of using single use endoscopes in community care settings; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Peter Dowd Peter Dowd Labour, Bootle

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to help ensure providers enable patients choice on whether a (a) single-use or (b) reusable endoscope is used in their endoscopy treatment; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS England and NHS Improvement are currently reviewing the potential merits of single-use endoscopes, while considering hospital acquired infections, patient safety and the prevalence of antibiotic resistant organisms in care environments. NHS England and NHS Improvement will review factors including environmental sustainability and economic factors. However, there are no current plans to use single-use endoscopes in any setting.

The National Health Service offers patients accessible, reliable and relevant information to inform healthcare decisions. This will include information on the range and quality of clinical services where there is robust and accurate information available.

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