HC Deb 10 June 2002 vol 386 cc1101-2W
Mr. Flook

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement about the change in the number of care home beds in Somerset since 1997. [59354]

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.