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Question for Department of Health

UIN 8914, tabled on 5 September 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to support the 70th World Health Assembly's resolution on improving hand hygiene and the prevention, diagnosis and clinical management of sepsis.

Answered on

13 September 2017

The United Kingdom supported the “Improving the prevention, diagnosis and clinical management of sepsis” resolution adopted by the World Health Organization at the 70th World Health Assembly in May 2017.

The Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance was updated in 2015. The Department published a revised code of practice setting good practice on hand hygiene compliance. The code is used by the Care Quality Commission for inspections of health and social care services in England and underpins their regulatory activities.

The UK works with international partners to support initiatives in infection prevention and management.