§ Mr. Burstow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals there are to enlarge(a) the acute bed sector and (b) day care places at Darent Valley hospital; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Blears
The Department announced plans for a new diagnostic and treatment centre at Dartford and Gravesham National Health Service Trust in December 2002. This new centre will provide 40 additional beds and deliver significant improvement in patient access. The trust has also secured capital modernisation funding which will be used to strengthen their day surgery capacity.