HC Deb 16 January 1996 vol 269 c548W
18. Mr. Spearing

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he collects centrally concerning the non-availability of beds for emergency admissions in the areas of each district health authority. [7509]

Mr. Horam

Health authorities and national health service trusts should work together to plan and ensure that facilities are available to meet demand. The new patients charter standard on emergency admissions is focusing attention on the importance of this area of work. The NHS executive is looking at ways of identifying best practice and ensuring that it is disseminated across the service.