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Hospital Beds

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average daily bed occupancy level was in (a) low, (b) medium and (c) high secure units by (i) the NHS and (ii) independent sector providers in each of the last five years. (316588)

This information is not available in the requested format. Information is collected centrally on secure unit bed occupancy levels, but this does not identify security levels. Data on average daily bed occupancy levels across the entire mental health secure estate in the national health service in England, for the five most recent years for which data are available, are shown in the following table.

Snapshot data are collected for high secure units only, and were last collected on 30 September 2009, when 879 beds were available, with an overall occupancy rate of 89.5 per cent. The data included 48 designated learning disability beds. This exercise was not commissioned for low and medium secure services.

Data are not collected centrally on independent sector secure unit bed occupancy.

Average daily number of beds available and average daily bed occupancy levels in mental health secure units in the national health service in England 2003-04 to 2007-08: all ages; low, medium and high secure units combined

Mental health

Secure unit average daily beds available

Secure unit average daily bed occupancy level (percentage)

2003-04

2,569

92.6

2004-05

2,696

91.7

2005-06

2,807

90.7

2006-07

2,993

90.9

2007-08

3,159

91.3

Source:

Department of Health Form KH03