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Community Hospitals

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 26 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has made any assessment of the number of community hospital beds likely to be needed in the Wantage constituency over the next 10 years. (91849)

It is the responsibility of primary care trusts (PCTs) and practice based commissioners to assess their needs for community hospitals and services. The Department has therefore made no assessment of the need for community hospitals and community services across England.

The Department is committed to allocating £750 million to PCTs for new community hospitals and services over the next five years. Any PCT can bid for this funding if it has the support of its strategic health authority.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many community hospital beds there were in Oxfordshire primary care trusts in each year since 1997. (91851)