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Intensive Care: Greater London

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of occasions in each London primary care trust when a patient could not be accommodated in a (a) intensive care and (b) high dependency unit because of the lack of an available bed in each year since 1997. (204609)

Information about the number of occasions when patients could not be accommodated in intensive care or high dependency units because of a lack of available beds is not collected centrally. It is for local national health service organisations to assess the number of critical care beds needed to meet the demands of their population. The hon. Member may therefore wish to raise this issue locally.

The latest available information shows that in January 2008, there were 3,473 critical care beds in England. This is 114 (3.2 per cent.) more than in January 2007 and 1,111 (47 per cent.) more than in January 2000, when there were 2,362 beds.