HC Deb 27 November 2002 vol 395 cc347-8W
Mr. Amess

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many delayed discharges there were in(a) the first six months of 2002 and (b) 2001 at Southend General Hospital. [83586]

Mr. Lammy

Information on delayed discharges is collected centrally and is placed in the Library but not at trust level.

The data relate to the number and rate of people in acute hospital beds with delayed discharge at a fixed point in time.

Before 1 April 2002 data were collected at the old health authority level. Health authorities were disbanded on 1 April 2002 and replaced with primary care trusts. Health authority level data up to and including Quarter 4 2001–02, March 2002, is available.

For Quarter 1 2002–03, up until the end of June 2002, primary care trust level data are available.