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Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) hospital beds and (b) hospitals required in England in (i) 2010, (ii) 2015, (iii) 2020 and (iv) 2025; what account this estimate takes of population forecasts; what estimate he has made of the additional costs of such provision; and if he will make a statement. (255728)

[holding answer 10 February 2009]: The organisation of national health services is a matter for the local NHS. Decisions are taken locally, for the benefit of patients, working with doctors and other health care professionals and involving key stakeholders such as carers, the public and other partners.