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Hospital Beds

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many days each NHS hospital trust has been placed on its highest level of alert because of a shortage of beds since 1 November 2008. (254399)

This information is not held centrally in the format requested. The information may be available from individual trusts.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many single bedrooms are provided for patient use by each NHS organisation according to estates returns information collection data; (255578)

(2) how many single bedrooms have been provided for patient use by each NHS organisation according to estates returns information collection data in each year since 1997-98.

The information is not available in the format requested.

Since 2002-03, the Department has collected annual data from national health service trusts on the percentage of the total number of available beds that are single bedrooms, through the Estates Returns Information Collection (ERIC). The actual number of single bedrooms is calculated by applying the percentage to the total number of available beds which is also collected by ERIC. The available data for each year since 2002-03 has been placed in the Library.

The proportion of single bedrooms across the national health service estate in England has risen from 22.6 per cent. in 2002-03 to 30.7 per cent. in 2007-08.