228610 - Hospitals: Cleaning Services (Answered)

Mr Jamie Reed
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the last deep clean of hospitals in the NHS took place.

George Freeman

All hospital trusts must retain registration with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) against a range of safety and quality standards including one relating to the cleanliness of healthcare premises. The precise arrangements that hospitals make to demonstrate that they are meeting the standard are for local determination and hospitals will make provision for on-going deep clean activity via their strategic and operational cleaning plans.

The NHS Constitution pledges that all patients should be treated in a clean environment and by all recent measures, standards of hospital cleanliness are very high. The most recent CQC survey results (of both in-patients and those using accident and emergency departments) show the highest ever levels of patient satisfaction with the cleanliness of wards and toilets.

These improved levels of cleanliness have gone hand in hand with a continuing reduction in the number of healthcare associated infections such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Against that background, there has been no centrally funded deep cleaning programme for all hospital trusts since that undertaken in 2008 by the previous administration.