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Health Services (Cornwall)

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nursing and (b) residential care beds there are in Cornwall; and how many there were in (i) 1996, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2005. (72799)

Table 1 shows the number of residential and nursing care home places in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, as at 31 March in 1996 and 2001.

Table 1: Numbers of residential and nursing care home places in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

Rounded data

At 31 March:

1996

2001

Residential places1

5,400

4,800

Nursing places2, 3

2,600

3,200

Total places4

8,000

8,000

1 Residential data are for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly unitary authorities. 2 Nursing data are for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly health authority. 3 Nursing data include places in general nursing homes, mental nursing homes and private hospitals and clinics. 4 Totals may not equal the sum of parts due to rounding.

I understand from the Chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI), which took over the responsibility for the regulation and inspection of care homes in England on 1 April 2004, that the number of nursing and residential care homes and beds in Cornwall Local Authority, as at 31 March 2005, was as shown in Table 2. There are some definitional differences between these data and those for years up to 2001.

Table 2: Numbers of care homes and places for Cornwall Local Authority at 31 March 2005

Care home type

Homes

Places

Nursing

51

1,945

Residential

216

3,683

Total

267

5,628

Source: CSCI registration and inspection database.