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Emergency Bed Days

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, columns 36-7W, on emergency bed days, for what reasons she has not published data relating to 2005-06; and if she will publish this data. (123157)

Emergency bed days data for 2005-06 is shown in the following table. I regret the information was not included in the previous answer due to an administrative error.

Number of bed days for emergency admission group

Total number of bed days for all admission groups

Emergency bed days expressed as a percentage of the total number of bed days

1997-98

30,342,827

49,535,706

61.3

1998-99

31,177,520

49,863,665

62.5

1999-2000

31,269,251

49,539,741

63.1

2000-01

32,178,037

50,196,951

64.1

2001-02

32,925,334

50,776,911

64.8

2002-03

33,131,586

51,232,337

64.7

2003-04

33,592,698

51,198,417

65.6

2004-05

33,073,383

50,518,668

65.5

2005-06

31,958,716

49,009,234

65.2

Notes:

1. Bed days during the year for finished episodes.

2. Total bed days during the year from episode start date or 1 April (whichever is later) to episode end date or 31 March (whichever is earlier).

3. Admission methods for the emergency admissions included above are:

21 Emergency—via accident and emergency (A&E) services, including the casualty department of the provider.

22 Emergency—via general practitioner (GP).

23 Emergency—via Bed Bureau, including the Central Bureau.

24 Emergency—via consultant out-patient clinic.

28 Emergency—other means, including patients who arrive via the A&E department of another health care provider.

4. Data Quality

Hospital episode statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by over 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England.

Source:

Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES), The Information Centre for health and social care.