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Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many level 3 intensive care cots were available for neo-natal care in each of the acute trusts in the east of England strategic health authority area in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. 
The average daily number of available beds in neonatal intensive care wards (also known as level 3 wards) for national health service acute providers in the east of England strategic health authority area can be found in the following table. There have been concerns raised recently about the definitions used for neonatal intensive care cots in the KH03 return. The concerns have been around the definition using the ward type of where the cot is located as part of the definition. This has caused confusion among some trusts of where to record their neonatal intensive care cots
and has caused inconsistency in reporting. These concerns will be investigated with the view of ensuring a robust and clear definition is developed for the 2008-09 collection.
We understand that the SHA is currently consulting on the proposals set out in its clinical vision document, Towards the best, together, including proposals for the future of maternity services in the region. The public consultation will continue to 4 August 2008, and we encourage the hon. Member to engage with this process.
|Average daily number of available beds in wards, ward classification 'Intensive care: Neonates', acute NHS providers in East of England SHA area|
1. Intensive care: patients requiring advanced respiratory support alone or basic respiratory support together with support of at least two organ systems. This level (level 3) includes all complex patients requiring support for multi-organ failure.
2. James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are not included in the table because they do not provide neonatal intensive care beds.
Department of Health KH03 return.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) private, (b) public and (c) voluntary sector care homes for the elderly in (i) Southend and (ii) Essex were inspected by the Commission for Social Care Inspection in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: We have been informed by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) that care homes are not registered as being either for older people or younger adults. The distinction is drawn from the set of national minimum standards (NMS) against which they are inspected. This is decided by the inspector at the time of the inspection and is based on the current age profile of the residents of the home.
The following table shows the numbers of care homes which were active on the 31 March in the years shown and which had been inspected up until that date against the NMS for care homes for older people. It is therefore not a full count of all care homes.
|Care homes in Essex and Southend on Sea inspected against the NMS for care homes for older people|
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|(1) The National care Standards Commission (NCSC), which preceded CSCI, began work on 1 April 2002. During the first months of NCSC's existence, there was a delay in registering some local authority care homes, so complete information is not available for 2002-03.|
NCSC/CSCI registration and inspection database
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