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Hospital Beds

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds are available for (a) men and (b) women in (i) maximum security health services and (ii) medium secure mental health facilities; what proportion are occupied; and what the average occupancy in each category was in each of the last three years. (252573)

Data on bed availability in medium secure units are not collected centrally.

The number of beds currently available in high secure services for men and women are shown in the following table:

Beds currently available

Number

Male mental illness and personality disorder

673

Learning disability

48

Female mental illness and personality disorder

50

Dangerous Serious Personality Disorder

108

Data are not held centrally on average occupancy of beds rates in each category for each of the last three years. Data available are contained in the following tables:

Current occupancy rates at 30 September 2008

Percentage

Male mental illness and personality disorder

90.6

Learning disability

89.6

Female mental illness and personality disorder

88

Dangerous Serious Personality Disorder

83.3

Overall occupancy rate

90.4

Note:

This excludes patients on trial leave i.e. patients who are staying in medium security as part of their progression plan.

Beds

Occupancy rates (percentage

September 2007

790

93.2

September 2006

879

90.2

December 2005

899

92.1