§ Jacqui Smith
The table shows the number of places in residential care homes and registered beds in nursing homes, private hospitals and clinics in Somerset area in 1997 and 2001. The total number of beds has increased by just over 11 per cent. between 1997 and 2001.
Residential places1 and registered nursing beds2 in Somerset area in 1997 and 2001 At 31 March Places in residential care homes Registered nursing beds in nursing homes3,4 Total care beds 1997 3,380 2,632 6,012 2001 4,101 2,580 6,681 1 Places registered within Somerset local authority, exclude children beds. 2 Beds registered within Somerset health authority, all client groups. 3 Registered beds in general and mental nursing homes, private hospitals and clinics. 4 Figures for registered nursing beds relates to registered beds during the period 1 October 1996 to 31 March 1997.
Department of Health's annual returns.