To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of hospital beds in England were in single rooms at the latest date for which figures are available.
For the existing health care estate in England, the latest figures show that the proportion of available beds that are in single rooms has risen from 22.6 per cent. in 2002-03 to 27.9 per cent. in 2006-07.
For new hospital developments, the Department's guidance is that the proportion of single rooms should aim to be 50 per cent., but should not fall below 20 per cent. and must be higher than the facilities they are replacing. Each trust makes an informed choice regarding the appropriate percentage of single bed provision based on practical considerations such as site restrictions, affordability as well as clinical and operational limitations. The policy and design guidance for the provision of single rooms in mental health accommodation is 100 per cent.