HC Deb 13 February 1996 vol 271 cc799-800
12. Mrs. Anne Campbell

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement about the provision of long-term residential beds for the elderly in the Cambridge and Huntingdon health authorities. [13315]

Mr. Bowis

Cambridge and Huntingdon health authorities, in common with all others, have been consulting on and reviewing local provision for people with continuing health care needs.

Mrs. Campbell

Why will beds be lost at Brookfield and Chesterton hospitals in Cambridge, when there is already an estimated 1,350 shortage of nursing home and long-term residential beds? What will people in the Cambridge and Huntingdon health commission areas do if no alternative provision is made before those beds are lost?

Mr. Bowis

People will be pleased to know that the local health commission has decided to invest a further £1 million in the area, and that the region is considering further support from the strategic charge levy fund—which will enable exactly that sort of planning.