We are seeking views on the draft guidance on reducing the risk of vulnerable groups contracting listeriosis.
We welcome any comments you have about whether the guidance:
- is helpful and does what it claims to do
- is a fair and proportionate view of the law
- clearly distinguishes what is good practice
- places unnecessary burdens on organisations within healthcare and social care settings and local authorities
There is a section in the guidance that deals with food service to patients/residents and advises on good practice to minimise the risk of listeriosis for vulnerable groups. In some healthcare organisations, such as hospitals, this responsibility may fall to non-catering staff. Therefore, we particularly welcome any comments from these healthcare and nursing professionals about whether this section of the guidance:
- is proportionate and/or practicable in the environment where food is served directly to patients/residents
In addition, our guidance specifies that there should be no need to limit or restrict the menu choice of foods offered to vulnerable patients/residents. We would welcome your views on whether this is clear.
Please explain the reasoning for responses as this will help us to better understand and consider your view. Where possible, please include examples or other evidence to support your views.
The deadline for comments is Monday 21 December 2015.
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