HC Deb 29 February 2000 vol 345 c220W
28. Mr. Reed

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the number of hospital beds in Leicestershire. [110883]

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.

At present, Leicestershire Health Authority is carrying out a review of acute services, which will be informed by the National Bed Inquiry.

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