Paddington Health Campus

Health written question – answered on 7th March 2005.

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Photo of Mr Richard Page Mr Richard Page Conservative, South West Hertfordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it remains the intention that the Paddington Health Campus will have 1,088 in-patient NHS beds.

Photo of John Hutton John Hutton Minister of State, Department of Health, Minister of State (Department of Health) (Health)

holding answer 4 March 2005

The outline business case for the Paddington Health Campus submitted to the Department in December 2004 included provision for 923 in-patient beds. This is made up of 835 national health service in-patient beds and 88 private beds. This figure compares with an earlier estimate of 1,088 in-patient beds made in 2003. In the intervening time, the Paddington Health Campus has been subjected to a major review of the clinical needs. This review had a major focus on activity that could be redistributed into the community in line with recent NHS policy. It is a reflection on the success of that review, and the commitment of local primary care trusts to take on the activity, that bed numbers have reduced.

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