Hospitals: Bed Occupancy

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe Shadow Minister, Health

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment they have made of the causal factors underlying increased hospital bed occupancy in the winter season in (a) paediatric units and (b) neonatal units.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

For many years, increased demand during the winter months for paediatric beds and beds for very young children, including neonates, has been recognised across the National Health Service. This is commonly associated with respiratory conditions in young children, particularly bronchiolitis caused by the respiratory syncytial virus.

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