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Maternity Services: Intensive Care

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many neonatal intensive care cots there were in each NHS trust in each of the last five years; (148388)

(2) how many (a) neonatal intensive cots and (b) special care cots in each trust were not being used due to lack of staff in each of the last five years;

(3) how many neonatal units were closed to admissions for a period during each of the last five years; and how long each such unit was closed for;

(4) what the average occupancy rate for intensive care cots was in each NHS trust in each of the last five years.

There were 1,543 cots in England in 2001-02; 1,551 in 2002-03; 1,491 in 2003-04; 1,523 in 2004-05 and 1,688 in 2005-06. The number of cots in each national health service trust in each year has been placed in the Library. Statistics on when and for how long units were closed and where babies may have had to travel in the absence of a local bed are not available. The average occupancy rate of neonatal intensive care cots remains steady at 73-75 per cent.