HC Deb 29 February 2000 vol 345 c219W
22. Mr. Gapes

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase acute bed numbers in north-east London. [110876]

Mr. Denham

We published the National Beds Inquiry for three month's consultation on 10 February. This set out that under any future scenario the overall number of acute, residential and intermediate care beds are likely to rise. The consultation will focus on the balance of acute and other beds in the whole system. The Government's plans for acute care beds will be announced once the consultation is complete.