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Death Rates (Suicides and Accidents)

Mr. Dobbin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to reduce the death rate from (a) suicide and (b) serious injury from accidents by 2010. [106160]

Mr. Hutton: The development of strategies to reduce suicide and serious injury from accidents are a major part of the Government's programme outlined in the White Paper "Saving Lives: Our Healthier Nation". The National Service Framework for Mental Health sets a specific

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standard for health and social services to prevent suicides. The forthcoming National Service Framework for Older People will include a section on the prevention of falls.

A high level national Task Force on accidents, accountable to the Chief Medical Officer, will be appointed shortly to ensure that the essential groundwork is in place to targets on accident prevention set out in the White Paper. In addition, we are in the process of bringing together the necessary expertise to work across Government to drive forward a whole range of initiatives to make progress towards achieving the targets to reduce suicide. We also provide funding for voluntary groups to support specific initiatives in both areas.

Folic Acid

Mrs. Brinton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he proposes to consult on the practical and legislative implications of the report of the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition into the universal fortification of flour with folic acid. [106206]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 24 January 2000]: The report, "Folic Acid and the Prevention of Disease", from the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy considered the public health implications of fortification. A public consultation will be undertaken shortly inviting comments on the report's conclusions. Ministers will take into account the views expressed before deciding on policy.

Psychiatric Beds

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many 24 hour-staffed beds for people with severe and enduring mental illness there are in each health authority in England; and how many there were in each of the last three years. [106751]

Mr. Hutton: The information requested has been collected centrally only since 1998-99. The following are the numbers of 24 hour staffed beds for people with a mental illness in each health authority in England for 1998-99 and the first two quarters in 1999-2000. In those authorities where centrally collected data show no beds, developments are taking place locally to provide care in appropriate settings.

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Number of 24 hour staffed beds by Health Authority 1998-99 to 1999-2000

Health authorityRegion1998-99 outturn1999-2000 quarter 2
BradfordNorthern and Yorkshire1010
Calderdale and KirkleesNorthern and Yorkshire278278
DurhamNorthern and Yorkshire029
East RidingNorthern and Yorkshire183213
Gateshead and South TynesideNorthern and Yorkshire88
LeedsNorthern and Yorkshire00
Newcastle and North TynesideNorthern and Yorkshire153165
North CumbriaNorthern and Yorkshire00
North YorkshireNorthern and Yorkshire9898
NorthumberlandNorthern and Yorkshire3434
SunderlandNorthern and Yorkshire4444
TeesNorthern and Yorkshire1717
WakefieldNorthern and Yorkshire113113
North DerbyshireTrent00
North NottinghamshireTrent00
South DerbyshireTrent3131
South HumberTrent00
East and North HertfordshireEastern1212
North EssexEastern2030
South EssexEastern187187
West HertfordshireEastern3036
Barking and HaveringLondon00
Bexley and GreenwichLondon88
Brent and HarrowLondon3232
Camden and IslingtonLondon6060
Ealing, Hammersmith and HounslowLondon3943
East London and CityLondon106106
Enfield and HaringeyLondon5656
Kensington, Chelsea and WestminsterLondon1313
Kingston and RichmondLondon6262
Lambeth, Southwark and LewishamLondon138142
Merton, Sutton and WandsworthLondon185185
Redbridge and Waltham ForestLondon5050
BerkshireSouth East00
BuckinghamshireSouth East2929
East KentSouth East4545
East SurreySouth East2121
East Sussex, Brighton and HoveSouth East175175
Isle of WightSouth East08
North and Mid HampshireSouth East167167
NorthamptonshireSouth East1010
OxfordshireSouth East020
Portsmouth and South East HampshireSouth East4754
Southampton and South West HampshireSouth East8383
West KentSouth East00
West SurreySouth East051
West SussexSouth East1818
AvonSouth West00
Cornwall and Isles of ScillySouth West2020
DorsetSouth West5555
GloucestershireSouth West00
North and East DevonSouth West4444
SomersetSouth West108108
South and West DevonSouth West6759
WiltshireSouth West150150
BirminghamWest Midlands5363
CoventryWest Midlands2727
DudleyWest Midlands155155
HerefordshireWest Midlands1415
North StaffordshireWest Midlands00
SandwellWest Midlands010
ShropshireWest Midlands00
SolihullWest Midlands99
South StaffordshireWest Midlands44
WalsallWest Midlands1010
WarwickshireWest Midlands00
WolverhamptonWest Midlands68
WorcestershireWest Midlands00
Bury and RochdaleNorth West1111
East LancashireNorth West1111
LiverpoolNorth West010
ManchesterNorth West8794
Morecambe BayNorth West5353
North CheshireNorth West2424
North West LancashireNorth West2636
Salford and TraffordNorth West5454
SeftonNorth West00
South CheshireNorth West4040
South LancashireNorth West3333
St. Helens and KnowsleyNorth West2222
StockportNorth West1616
West PennineNorth West00
Wigan and BoltonNorth West3737
WirralNorth West05

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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute psychiatric beds there are (1) in each health authority in England; [106747]

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Mr. Hutton: The table shows the average daily number of available acute psychiatric beds by health authority in England, derived from information obtained at trust level.

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Average daily number of available acute psychiatric beds by Health Authority 1997-98

Health authorityRegionAverage daily number of available psychiatric beds
Bradford Northern and Yorkshire308
Calderdale and KirkleesNorthern and Yorkshire403
County DurhamNorthern and Yorkshire503
East Riding Northern and Yorkshire279
Gateshead and South TynesideNorthern and Yorkshire374
LeedsNorthern and Yorkshire708
Newcastle and North TynesideNorthern and Yorkshire506
North CumbriaNorthern and Yorkshire325
North YorkshireNorthern and Yorkshire530
NorthumberlandNorthern and Yorkshire230
Sunderland Northern and Yorkshire323
TeesNorthern and Yorkshire393
WakefieldNorthern and Yorkshire341
North DerbyshireTrent244
North NottinghamshireTrent235
South Derbyshire Trent514
South HumberTrent138
BirminghamWest Midlands856
CoventryWest Midlands129
DudleyWest Midlands166
HerefordshireWest Midlands80
North StaffordshireWest Midlands510
SandwellWest Midlands132
ShropshireWest Midlands270
SolihullWest Midlands160
South StaffordshireWest Midlands258
WalsallWest Midlands124
WarwickshireWest Midlands276
WolverhamptonWest Midlands124
WorcesterWest Midlands157
Bury and RochdaleNorth West189
East LancashireNorth West329
LiverpoolNorth West302
ManchesterNorth West412
Morecambe BayNorth West368
North CheshireNorth West232
North West LancashireNorth West558
Salford and TraffordNorth West584
SeftonNorth West253
South CheshireNorth West222
South LancashireNorth West132'
St. Helens and KnowsleyNorth West194
StockportNorth West206
West PennineNorth West334
Wigan and BoltonNorth West402
WirralNorth West313
Cambridge and HuntingdonEastern355
East NorfolkEastern698
North and East HertfordshireEastern170
North EssexEastern483
North West AngliaEastern258
South EssexEastern488
West HertfordshireEastern218
Barking and HaveringLondon519
Bexley and GreenwichLondon664
Brent and HarrowLondon394
Camden and IslingtonLondon497
Ealing, Hammersmith and HounslowLondon659
East London and The CityLondon501
Enfield and HaringeyLondon486
Kensington, Chelsea and WestminsterLondon646
Kingston and RichmondLondon196
Lambeth, Southwark and LewishamLondon309
Merton, Sutton and WandsworthLondon529
Redbridge and Waltham ForestLondon625
BerkshireSouth East446
BuckinghamshireSouth East330
East KentSouth East265
East SurreySouth East320
East SussexSouth East490
Isle of WightSouth East85
North and Mid HampshireSouth East210
NorthamptonshireSouth East374
OxfordshireSouth East328
Portsmouth and South East HampshireSouth East437
Southampton and South West HampshireSouth East289
West KentSouth East561
West SurreySouth East465
West SussexSouth East561
AvonSouth West628
Cornwall and Isles of ScillySouth West210
Dorset South West525
GloucesterSouth West255
North and East DevonSouth West413
SomersetSouth West412
South and West DevonSouth West393
WiltshireSouth West570

(41) Croydon Health Authority shows no available beds for 1997-98. This is because the hospital sites in the health authority area have their Trust headquarters in a neighbouring health authority.


Annual Korner return KH03--'Bed Availability and Occupancy'

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