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Hospitals (Bed Occupancy)

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 17 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what were the bed-occupancy rates in each specialty in each hospital in (a) the Crewe, (b) the Chester and (c) the Halton health districts in each of the last five years.

[holding answer 3 December 1987]: A table giving the information my hon. Friend seeks has now been placed in the Library.A variety of reasons may lead to variations in occupancy. These include the need to have beds available for emergencies, unexpectedly early discharges and unpredictable admissions (for example in maternity cases).The health services information steering goup recommended in its first report that bed use data should include all patients using a ward in a 24-hour period and that aggregated bed occupancy statistics should not be used alone as an indicator of efficient bed use. A more useful measure of bed utilisation is patient throughout per available bed and this has been included for information.

District Health Authority19821983198419851986
In-patient cases treated in the surgical acute specialties in NHS hospitals
Chester11,59013,97113,80713,00113,303
Crewe12,85514,73513,96313,73713,917
Halton0009932,907
Day cases treated in the surgical acute specialties in NHS hospitals
Chester3,4725,0425,2105,7735,623
Crewe2,4083,0383,5064,5225,635
Halton0008002,128