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Hospital Beds: Paediatrics

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance has been issued by his Department on bed occupancy rates for paediatric units. (158209)

No guidance has been issued. An appropriate occupancy rate will need to be able to react to changing local circumstances, such as local demand and staff availability and thereby ensure the delivery of a safe and flexible service. Such issues are best determined locally.