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Hospitals: Acute Beds

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute hospitals there are in England; how many beds there are in each; and which are (a) tertiary care centres, (b) specialist units and (c) district general hospitals. (125581)

The Department maintains no official definition of acute hospital and is aware of no body with the responsibility to define it.

Data on hospital beds are collected at trust, rather than hospital level. Further, the Department does not centrally collect whether beds are located in tertiary care centres, specialist units or district general hospitals.

A table which shows the average daily number of available hospital beds in 2005-06 (the latest year’s data) for national health service organisations that provided acute beds has been placed in the Library.