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Accident and Emergency Departments

Volume 457: debated on Wednesday 7 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accident and emergency departments, there were in England in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by type; what forecasts she has made of the number and type of accident and emergency departments that will be required in (i) 2008 and (ii) 2010; and if she will make a statement. (121783)

National health service trusts self-report the number of accident and emergency (A&E) departments they provide against definitions provided by the Department for each type of A&E on a quarterly basis. The information available is provided in the following table:

2000-01

2006-07

Number of type one (major) A&E departments

201

204

Number of type two (single specialty) A&E departments

34

68

Number of type three A&E departments (minor injury and illness services, including minor injury units and walk-in centres)

207

287

Notes:

QMAE dataset used for 2006-07 figures.

KH03 dataset and walk-in centre monthly report used for 2000-01 figures

Position is at end of March for 2000-01, but end December for 2006-07

Source:

Department of Health QMAE dataset, KH03 dataset and walk-in centre monthly service report.

Prior to 2000-01, trusts submitted written information on whether or not they provided any A&E services. They did not provide a count of the number of services provided. This pre-2000-01 trust data are available at:

www.performance.doh.gov.uk/hospitalactivity.

It is a matter for the local NHS to ensure that there is appropriate provision of urgent and emergency care services, including A&E facilities, that are responsive to people’s needs. As the number of services required is not centrally determined, no forecast of numbers for 2008 and 2010 are available.