HC Deb 30 April 2001 vol 367 c506W
Mr. Jim Murphy

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average number of beds is in NHS hospitals in England; [159448]

(2) what is the largest number of beds in an NHS hospital in England. [159449]

Mr. Denham

[holding answer 27 April 2001]: Bed data are collected annually at National Health Service trust level, rather than by individual hospital site. NHS trusts provide healthcare but may provide it at more than one hospital site.

The average number of beds in NHS trusts in England in the financial year 1999–2000 was 548 (186,290 beds in 340 NHS trusts), the largest number being at Leeds Training Hospitals NHS trust with 2,709 beds.