Care Homes

Health written question – answered on 5th July 2006.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nursing and (b) residential care homes there were in the London borough of Bexley in (i) 1997, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2005.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services)

Information on the number of homes was collected by the Department for the years 1997 and 2001. The table shows the number of residential and nursing care homes in Bexley, as at 31 March, in 1997 and 2001.

Number of residential and nursing care homes in Bexley, as at 31 March, 1997 and 2001
Rounded data
1997 2001
Residential homes(1) 60 60
Nursing homes(2,3) 20 25
Total homes(2,4) 75 80
(1 )Residential data are for Bexley authority. (2) Nursing data in 1997 are for Bexley health authority, whereas nursing data for 2001 are for the Bexley and Greenwich health authority. This followed a merger of the two Health authorities Bexley and Greenwich health authority; the number of nursing homes in Greenwich was not recorded in 1997. (3) Nursing data include places in general nursing homes, mental nursing homes and private hospitals and clinics. (4) Totals may not equal the sum of parts due to rounding Sources: Department of Health RA and RH(N) returns.

The Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) produces data on the number of care homes and places registered as at 31 March each year, beginning with 2003. There are some definitional differences between these data and those for years up to 2001.

I understand from the chair of CSCI that, as at 31 March 2005, there were four nursing and 29 residential care homes in Bexley local authority. I am informed by CSCI that the reduction in numbers is due to several factors:

Since 2001, 20 homes in Bexley have de-registered.

Data collected up until 2001 by the Department included private hospitals and clinics, which were counted as nursing homes. These are now registered by the Healthcare Commission and are not included in data on care and nursing home numbers produced by CSCI.

Bexley local authority covers a smaller area than the Bexley and Greenwich health authority.

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