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Hospital Beds

Health written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of David Burrowes David Burrowes Conservative, Enfield, Southgate

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average daily cost of (a) an intensive care and (b) a high dependency bed is.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services)

The national average cost of an occupied bed day in a discrete critical care unit is available in the annual reference costs publication.

The national schedule of reference costs for 2004 (the latest year available) shows that for activity undertaken within an national health service trust in England, the costs of an occupied bed day in different types of discrete critical care units are shown in the following table.

Unit type National average cost per occupied bed day
Intensive therapy unit/intensive care unit 1,328
Burns intensive care unit 1,039
Neurosurgical intensive care unit 1,017
Spinal injuries intensive care unit 779
Renal intensive care unit 370
Cardiac intensive care unit 1,025
High dependency unit 584
Paediatric intensive care unit 1,702
Neonatal intensive care unit—level 1 838
Neonatal intensive care unit—level 2 560

A copy of the reference costs publication is available in the Library.

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James Cridland
Posted on 3 Jul 2005 4:20 pm (Report this annotation)

Given that both these answers are freely available in the Library, why did Burrowes feel he had to ask, I wonder? Is he trying to look busy, or am I being unfair?