HC Deb 05 November 2002 vol 392 c255W
Mr. Steinberg

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute beds there were in each of the last five years; and how many he expects there to be in the next 12 months. [78698]

Mr. Hutton

The average daily number of beds in acute wards in England since 1996 is:

Year Acute beds
1996–1997 108,869
1997–1998 107,807
1998–1999 107,729
1999–2000 107,218
2000–2001 107,956


Department of Health form KH03

The NHS Plan made a commitment to increase the number of beds in general & acute wards by 2,100 by 2004.

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