Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust

Health written question – answered on 24th March 2005.

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Photo of Mr Harold Best Mr Harold Best Labour, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2005, Official Report, column 162W, on Leeds Community and Mental Health Trust, whether the bed occupancy rate for 2003–04 includes patients occupying the beds of other patients on leave.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

Bed availability and occupancy are measured at midnight so by definition there cannot be more than one patient occupying a bed. A bed allocated to a patient on home leave would be recorded as not available and therefore not occupied. If the bed is subsequently made available for another patient, it would be recorded as available and occupied. In this way, occupancy never exceeds 100 per cent.

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