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Government reveals NHS care data

Government reveals NHS care data
23rd November 2012

The government has released figures relating to critical care beds, cancelled urgent operations and delayed transfers of care.

It was revealed by the Department of Health that there were 3,731 adult critical care beds available with 3,083 occupied during October, which is an occupancy rate of 82.6 per cent.

"This is high compared to rates observed over the summer months and higher than October 2011 where the figure was 81.7 per cent," it was noted by the government.

The data also showed the number of urgent operations cancelled was 301, which is up on the previous month but the same as in October 2011.

Patients awaiting further non-acute NHS care was cited as the main reason for delayed transfers of care in the report.

The NHS recently announced that the average daily number of beds open overnight was 135,602 in the second quarter of the year, compared with 137,339 in the first three months of 2012.

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