Hospital Beds

Health written question – answered on 11th June 2014.

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Conservative, Bury St Edmunds

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital beds per head of population there were in (a) Bury St Edmunds, (b) Suffolk and (c) England and Wales in each of the last five years.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Information is not collected centrally on the catchment populations served by national health service hospital trusts in order to estimate beds per head of population at this level. Such information as is available is shown in the following table.

Estimated hospital beds per 1,000 population1, England2 and Suffolk3, 2009-10 to 2013-14
  England Suffolk
  Beds in wards open overnight Beds in wards open day only Beds in wards open overnight Beds in wards open day only
2009-10 3.04 0.21 1.80 0.19
2010-114, 5 2.71 0.21 1.92 0.15
2011-12 2.61 0.21 1.77 0.14
2012-13 2.56 0.22 1.70 0.14
2013-14 2.53 0.22 1.74 0.15
1 The response uses Office for National Statistics (ONS) resident populations. However, patients may choose any hospital in England that offers NHS services for their first consultant-led out-patient appointment. Their subsequent in-patient treatment may then be in the same hospital. Locally, NHS hospital trusts will estimate the number of patients they expect to treat (the catchment population), but this information is not collected centrally. 2 Data have been provided for England only. Health is a devolved matter in Wales. 3 Data for Suffolk include the number of beds in West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and Ipswich Hospitals NHS Trust. Population data are for the former Suffolk Primary Care Trust for 2009 to 2012, and for the West Suffolk clinical commissioning group (CCG) and Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG. No suitable NHS geography exists for Bury St Edmunds. 4 Bed availability and occupancy data were collected annually before 2010-11. Data have been collected quarterly since 2010-11. Annual figures have been calculated, weighted for the number of days in each quarter. 5 The lower England figure for 2010-11 may reflect a change in the basis of the collection from annual to quarterly. The quarterly data are collected in the month following the end of the quarter, which is timelier and requires less estimation than the previous annual collection. Sources: 1. NHS England, bed availability and occupancy data, 2009-10 to 2013-14 2. ONS national and subnational population estimates, 2009 to 2012 2. ONS 2012-based national and subnational population projections, 2013

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