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Hospital Beds

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 7 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many level (a) three, (b) two and (c) one care beds there were in hospitals for (i) adults, (ii) children and (iii) neo-natal patients in England in each year since 1997; (283926)

(2) how many hospitals in England have established (a) adult, (b) child and (c) neo-natal intensive care units in each year since 1997;

(3) what his most recent estimate is of the number of critical care beds provided by NHS trusts in England.

Information is not held centrally regarding the opening or closing of units or of intensive care units (ICUs) that merge with high dependency units (HDUs) to form combined units.

This is a matter for local determination in the light of changing service patterns, elective and emergency case mix and anticipated activity.

The number of ICU level 3 beds for adults, children and neonates from 1997 and HDU level 2 for adults beds since 1999 is shown in tables which have been placed in the Library. Data on level 1 beds, and data on level 2 beds for children and neonates are not collected centrally.