§ Mr. Liddell-Grainger
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what help he is giving to local hospitals to achieve health and safety standards. 
§ Mr. Hutton
Compliance with health and safety legislation is the responsibility of National Health Service Trust Chief Executives and Boards.
The Department of Health publishes health and safety guidance to aid NHS trusts in complying with current legislation. The Department will be publishing comprehensive new guidance in February 2004 and is currently consulting on the first national NHS occupational health and safety strategy.