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Intensive Care Units

Volume 177: debated on Monday 23 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many intensive care units there are; and what is the total number of beds in such units which have (a) a one-to-one nurse to patient relationship, (b) at least four beds per unit, (c) more than 250 admissions per annum and (d) full-time residential cover.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis he assesses the provision by district health authorities of intensive care treatment.

The provision of treatment in intensive care is a matter for clinicians. The facilities required are determined by health authorities in the light of local needs.