HC Deb 20 May 2004 vol 421 c1196W
Mr. David Atkinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the change in numbers of(a) residential care beds and (b) nursing beds has been in (i) Dorset health authority area and (ii) Bournemouth since 1997. [173622]

Dr. Ladyman

The table shows the number of residential and nursing home places in Dorset and Bournemouth, as at 31 March for the years 1997 to 2001.

Figures for later years have been collected by the National Care Standards Commission but comparable details broken down by council are not available.

Number of residential and nursing places in Dorset and

Bournemouth: 1997 to 2001

Rounded numbers
At 31 March Residential places1 Nursing places2,3
19974 3,660
1998 3,430 3,690
1999 3,140 3,410
2000 3,110 3,130
2001 3,070 3,090
1998 3,340
1999 3,040
2000 2,660
2001 2,520
1 Covers Dorset and Bournemouth councils with Social Services responsibility.
2 Dorset health authority includes Bournemouth.
3 Nursing data includes places in general nursing homes, mental nursing homes and private hospitals and clinics.
4 Comparable data not available. In 1997 Dorset county council included Poole and Bournemouth councils.
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