HC Deb 10 April 2002 vol 383 cc441-2W
Mr. Swire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the change in the number of care home beds in the North and East Devon health authority since 1997. [43626]

Ms Blears

Information on the number of nursing care beds in the North and East Devon health authority since 1997 at 31 March each year is shown in the table.

Nursing care beds in North and East Devon Health Authority.

Year (as at 31 March) Nursing care beds1
19972 2,620
1998 2,410
1999 2,280
2000 2,080
2001 2,020
1Includes beds in private hospitals and clinics.
2Relates to the period 1 October 1996 to 31 March 1997.


Numbers are rounded


Department of Health's annual returns.

The Department has allocated an additional £1,082,000 in 2001–02 and £2,270,000 in 2002–03 to Devon county council to assist in stabilising and maintaining capacity in the care home sector.

Further information on the number of residential and nursing care home beds in residential and nursing care homes is available in the statistical bulletin "Community Care Statistics 2001: Residential Personal Social Services for Adults, England" available at http://www.doh.gov.uk/public/sb0129.htm.

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