§ 18. Mr. Spearing
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he collects centrally concerning the non-availability of beds for emergency admissions in the areas of each district health authority. 
§ Mr. Horam
Health authorities and national health service trusts should work together to plan and ensure that facilities are available to meet demand. The new patients charter standard on emergency admissions is focusing attention on the importance of this area of work. The NHS executive is looking at ways of identifying best practice and ensuring that it is disseminated across the service.