HC Deb 12 February 1993 vol 218 cc818-9W
Mr. Sims

To ask the Secretary of State for Health to what extent her Department collects and analyses statistics relating to hospital and health care provision within the private sector as well as national health service.

Mr. Sackville

Centrally collected information about the private sector is via Department of Health forms KO36, KO37 and KO71.

KO36 provides information about beds and other facilities in private hospitals, homes and clinics registered under section 23 of the Registered Homes Act 1984. As well as recording the number of institutions, there is a count of available beds, hospitals with operating theatres, consulting rooms and various clinical departments. The return also records the numbers of nursing staff by their level of qualification.

KO37 collects aggregate activity for all private mental nursing homes registered by a health authority under section 23 of the Registered Homes Act 1984. The return records data on patients detained under the provision of the Mental Health Act 1983. Latest data are published in a Statistical Bulletin "In-Patients Formally Detained in Hospital Under the Mental Health Act 1983 and Other Legislation, England 1984—1989–90" Bulletin 2(7)92, ISBN 1 85839 007 9.

KO71 collects aggregate data on new episodes of drug misuse and the type of drug used. The return collects data from the national health service, voluntary, local authority and private services. This is a new return and it is proposed to publish data later this year.